14 February 2004
ASTON MARTIN DB5
Chassis No. DB5/1469/L
Engine No. 400/1446
European Taxes Paid
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.
Coachwork: two seat coupé, 'Superleggera' by Touring. Light metallic blue with grey interior.
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.
Specific history of this car
The car resided in Switzerland until approximately five years ago, when it was purchased by the present owner.
The Aston Martin is presented in very good cosmetic order, its paintwork is in excellent condition and the interior which has been refurbished at some stage shows very little wear. The car retains its period 8 track radio. In the present ownership work carried out on the car has included rebuilding the gearbox and back axle, attention to the brakes and the fitting of a Kenlowe fan. It also has the desirable addition of chrome wire wheels.This fine example is offered for sale from an exclusive collection of motor cars where it has been maintained throughout the last five years.
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