Is the Aston Martin DB5 the most famous car in the world?
The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 is a beautiful British GT car most famed for its starring role in the James Bond film Goldfinger. Today it is said to be the most recognisable car in the world
Arguably the most famous car in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 is as instantly recognisable as the famed spy who took delivery of one in 1964. Leaving moviegoers both shaken and stirred, the DB5 was the car to own thanks to 007’s influence. However, this GT’s story begins back in 1963 as a replacement for the highly rated DB4.
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Designed by Italian Coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the Aston Martin DB5’s jaw-dropping visuals enveloped a new aluminium 4.0-litre engine that produced 282bhp. Autocar remarked back in period ‘More and more cars today can reach the magical ‘ton’, but those that can do it with the ease and rapidity of the Aston can be counted on the fingers of one hand.’ £4248 could buy you a house back in the early 1960s, or a handsome DB5 with enough performance to outgun a Ferrari 250 GTE.
The James Bond connection stems from the DB3, of which replaced Bond’s Blower Bentley of previous novels. By the time it came to film the Goldfinger movie, the latest Aston on the market was the DB5. Famously Aston Martin were reluctant to give the film crew the cars required for the movie, but eventually agreed to the loan of two examples, one of which was a prototype.
Laden with gadgets including machine guns, shields, and an ejector seat, the DB5 was the four-wheeled star of the film. One of the two cars was actually stolen after filming completed, the other recently sold for $4.1 million dollars to collector Harry Yeaggy.
The Aston Martin DB5 has appeared in Bond movies a further six times, most notable during Skyfall when 007 goes back to his roots in the Scottish Highlands. It served as his getaway vehicle to an old family home, as well as being Bond’s last line of defence as the building become under siege.
A Vantage variant of the Aston Martin DB5 was released in 1964, featuring Weber carburettors that enabled greater performance from the car. Power was ratcheted up to 315bhp but only 65 DB5 Vantage coupés were ever produced. Aston Martin also built 123 DB5 Volante convertible models for those who preferred alfresco motoring. An interesting footnote in DB5 history is a curious one-off prototype shooting brake model developed specifically for David Brown himself. A further 12 coupés were later converted into shooting brakes by coachbuilder Harold Radford.
The final Aston Martin DB5 left the factory in 1965 and was replaced by the more practical DB6 model.
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We are proud to offer this beautifully restored Aston Martin DB5 finished in Goodwood Green with Connolly Vaumol (VM846) Natural hide. The Aston Martin DB5 is regarded by many as the most beautiful Aston ever built. The iconic DB5 series was released in 1963 replacing the DB4 series. The substantial improvements from the DB4 to DB5 included the 3.7L 6 cylinder engine enlarged to 4.0L producin
DESCRIPTION. To many observers the Aston Martin DB5 is the epitome of the company’s models during the David Brown era, boasting both beauty and refined high performance. It is also perhaps the best known Aston Martin in the world, having starred in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball, complete with machine guns and other gadgetry. In evolution terms the DB5 is a Series V DB4 but with
Launched in September 1963 and in production until 1965, a total of 1,059 DB5s were sold, 923 being the 2+2 coupé. Using the all-aluminium, 4.0-litre DOHC ‘straight-six’ engine from the DB4 Vantage and a ZF 5-speed gearbox, the DB5 used the Superleggera (‘super light’) patent of attaching aluminium panels to a structural framework of small-diameter steel tubes. Standard equipment includ