1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5
Chassis No. DB5/2028/L
Engine No. 400/2026
Goodwood green with beige leather interior
Engine: six cylinder, in-line, twin overhead camshaft, 3,995cc., 282bhp at 5,500rpm; Gearbox: ZF five-speed manual; Suspension: coil spring, independent at front; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The acquisition by David Brown of Aston Martin and Lagonda in the late 1940s brought new security to the two companies. It also gave Aston Martin access to W.O. Bentley's splendid twin cam engine, a layout favored on all subsequent six cylinder cars. As the preferences of Aston Martin's customers became ever more sophisticated through the 1950s and 1960s the company responded with zest. The DB5 was announced in 1963 as a logical follow-up to the DB4. The DB4 engine was bored out to 96mm that produced a 3,995cc displacement, and on an 8.9:1 compression with three 2 inch SU carburetors, 282bhp was produced at 5,500rpm. Other improvements over the DB4 series five were an alternator, a handbrake light which also served as a brake fluid level warning light, Sundym glass and Girling tandem master brake cylinders with dual brake servos. Acceleration figures remained superb. The Motor reported 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 145mph. Even though the DB5 was 250 pounds heavier than the DB4, the car retained the fine handling characteristics.
This example was sold brand new in October 1965 to James Cannon of Beverly Farms, MA for $14,117 when he traded his green XKE for the new DB5. Supplied in Goodwood Green with beige Connolly leather interior, extras included Normalair air conditioning, engine breather, chrome wheels with three-eared spinners, heated rear screen and a Blue Spot radio. A month later Mr. Cannon asked for two bullet-shaped wing mirrors to be fitted while the car had its first service. He then kept the car for the next 15 years, during which time it was regularly used by him and fully maintained by Seferian Esradrille of Cambridge, MA. There are invoices on file to confirm all the service work attended to during this time (amounting to $16,157.71). By January 1976 the mileage had clicked up to just over 67,000 and in April of that year Mr. Cannon was in correspondence with the Brookline Museum of Transportation offering them the car as a Deed of Gift. The Aston changed hands in 1980 and then passed through a couple more owners, during which time it was still serviced by Esradrille and by July 1984 the mileage was 71,240. The next registered owner purchased the car in 1991 and in 1996 it was completely stripped to bare metal, repaired as necessary and repainted at a cost of $8,300. At the same time the interior was renewed with full leather, new headliner and wool carpeting. Mechanical work included repair and replacement of the rear mufflers, front brake rotors (discs), pads and calipers, wheel bearings, engine mounts, steering rack mounts and a major engine service with valve adjustment all totaling $11,200. Finally in December 2002 the Aston was comprehensively checked through by marque experts which included converting to Koni rear shock absorbers. All the aforementioned service records are available and will be offered with the car.
The DB5 is therefore offered with a complete known ownership history and now has 107,142 original miles. The panelwork is straight and unmarked and the paintwork is excellent, still in its original color scheme. The engine compartment is clean, dry and detailed and all the fluid temperatures and pressures are correct. The current owner reports that the gearbox, clutch and diff are also all in good, strong working condition. As a consent to modern driving, electronic ignition has been fitted. The interior is lovely with beige leather upholstery correctly pleated with matching door trim, oatmeal carpeting, wood rimmed steering wheel, period radio, electric windows and correct instrumentation. The car is complete with Owner's manual, jack and records.
The Aston Martin DB5 is of course the archetypal British GT from the period; fewer DB5s were produced by the factory than the DB4 or 6 and they are accordingly always very desirable.