Aston MartinDB5 Vantage LHD
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, EU-supplied car with low and long-term ownership; 1 of just 17 original left-hand drive examples and 1 of 10 with original factory air conditioning.
The Aston Martin DB5 followed closely in the footsteps of its incredibly successful predecessor, the DB4 creating a model of all round competence. However, even with the incorporation of 170 detailed modifications from DB4 Series 5 to DB5, the two cars visually are almost indistinguishable from a distance; testament to the design and evolution of the DB4 from 1958-1963.
The most impressive evolution came in the form of its 4.0-litre Tadek Marek 6-cylinder engine, the engine was extensively tested in late 1962 in chassis DP/216/1. Not only would 216 be an incredibly important vehicle in the birth of the DB5 and its all-new powerful engine, it would also be the car chosen to star in Goldfinger, the first time James Bond 007 was to drive the iconic car on the silver screen.
After making its debut in Goldfinger, the DB5 would go on to star in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and the two latest releases, Skyfall and Spectre, building its reputation as one of the most famous and recognisable cars in the world. In fact, in the latest release; Spectre, Daniel Craig’s last request in the film is to take his DB5 as he appears to head for retirement; a scene that is only set to increase the stock of the model in the coming years.
Production would last just over two years of the DB5 at a rate of around 20 cars per week, which in total saw 1,021 built in total. There was little variation in the line-up for DB5 (when compared to DB4 and DB6), with key difference being Saloon or Convertible, as well as the option of Vantage spec engines. This performance upgrade in the shape of Vantage was only available for the last year of production, with a total of 65 leaving Newport Pagnell; 53 Saloons and 12 Convertibles.
This DB5, 1 of just 17 original left-hand drive Vantage examples is the ultimate specification offered in saloon-guise. Delivered in August 1965 to Captain Panos A. Tsagaris in West Germany, this DB5 was supplied with lovely factory options inclduing Normalair Air Conditioning (1 of just 10 cars), power operated aerial, chrome wheels, 3 ear hub caps, Britax safety belts and Walpres racing mirrors.
On file we have records of the factory service work while under guarantee, including the 500/1000 mile service in 1965, and 10,000 mile service the year later. This work was conducted on the car while carrying its first UK registration of DGY 335C. From the records we have, Captain Tsagaris obviously bought the car from new and enjoyed it for a number of years, before it made the trip to Switzerland under the ownership of Bruno Macina. Here it would remain for a number of years under single ownership until Mr. Macina passed the vehicle to the present owner in 2008.
The car is finished in a stunning Midnight Blue over Magnolia and presents in fantastic condition, complete with original matching numbers engine. A “normal” DB5 coming to market in this condition is an incredibly rare opportunity, a Vantage and Left Hand Drive version is a car not to be missed.