Aston Martin DB5 Saloon





Aston Martin DB5 Saloon

Year of production 1963 - 1965

Model: DB5 (1963 - 1965)

Wikipedia (DB5): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5

(1963 - 1965)

As much as I would like to say that the DB5 burst onto the scene in 1963, this isn't strictly true. For this quintessential Aston Martin was in fact a gentle evolution of the DB4 Series 5 Vantage, and looked virtually identical. The principle advantage of the new model was the adoption of a 4.0 litre engine, more refinement and shortly after introduction, the option of a five speed  ZF gearbox. But the DB5 did make a quantum leap in marketing which made it the most famous and desirable car in the world.

Cars fitted with the standard 282 bhp engine (triple SU carbs) could be expected to record a maximum speed of 148mph. Only 65 cars of a total production run of 898 coupes were fitted with the optional Vantage engine equipped with triple Weber carbs which produced 314 bhp. Genuine examples of the DB5 Vantage are considered very desirable indeed although many standard cars have over time also been modified to ‘Vantage’ spec.

There were many detailed improvements with the DB5 which included the fitting of an alternator, tinted glass, four exhaust silencers and electric windows. Unfortunately all this and more added an extra 113 kg to the weight. Initially the DB5 had the same 4 speed David Brown gearbox from the DB4 with an option for the 5 speed box from the German company, ZF. A little way into production and the 5 speed ZF box was made standard fitting. Close to the end of production, the DB5 also received front side lights next to the indicators as seen on the DB6 and cars built in this way are quite rare.

One problem with the DB5 is the market is paying a great deal of money for the nice cars, well out or reach of the average enthusiast. So people ask me about buying a wreck and ‘doing it up’ themselves. I usually would discourage this although especially as ‘barn finds’ now fetch serious money at auction, often the same as compete road registered cars.

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