Aston MartinDB5 Convertible LHD
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible; 1 of just 19 original LHD examples complete with extremely rare factory-supplied hard top and matching-numbers engine. This DB5 Convertible was the Barcelona Motor Show car in 1965.
The Aston Martin DB5 was revealed to the world in 1963 as a development of the very successful DB4 and was to epitomise a company objective of producing the best GT sports coupe. Following five (unofficial) series of DB4, which saw improvements in terms of design, mechanics and reliability, the DB5 built on this through superior materials such as aluminium-alloy body panels.
In terms of design, the DB5 was to also benefit from the Touring-designed body of its predecessor, one that would be synonymous with the brand all the way to 1970. Mechanically, the key distinction between the late DB4 Series V and the DB5 itself is the all-aluminium engine, now enlarged from 3.7 to 4.0 litres, mated to a five-speed ZF transmission (except from some extremely early examples) and triple SU carburettors. This power-unit was capable of producing 282bhp and a top speed of 145mph, which was extraordinarily fast in the early 1960s.
Production of the DB5 would last just over two years from July 1963 to September 1965, with a total of 1,021 leaving the gates at Newport Pagnell in that time. From that limited number of cars, there were only 123 convertibles produced (The Volante name would not be adapted until the later Short Chassis and subsequent DB6 models) of which only 19 were original left-hand drive cars.
The Aston Martin DB5 sits as the most famous and recognisable car in the world due to its close relation with James Bond. After making its iconic debut in Goldfinger, the DB5 would go on to star in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and even the two latest releases, Skyfall and Spectre, playing a key role throughout. Daniel Craig’s last request as Bond was to drive the DB5 and this will further enhance the desirability of the model.
Finished in the classic combination of Silver over Black hide, this DB5 Convertible is in magnificent condition in all areas having been part of our collection for the past decade; enjoying the very best storage and maintenance during that period. The DB5 remains an automotive icon, with this particular example being one of the very finest available, both in terms of condition and specification presenting not only a fantastic ownership experience, but also unlimited investment potential.