1965 Aston Martin DB5
1965 Aston Martin DB5
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1965 Aston Martin DB5

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Dare to Dream Collection event, 31 May - 1 June 2024.
Offered Without Reserve $750,000 - $900,000 USD

  • The most legendary Aston Martin model, in the most iconic color of Silver Birch
  • Beautiful presentation throughout, with desirable upgrades
  • Retains its numbers-matching engine


Please note, this lot is registered in Canada and import duty will be applicable to all countries outside of Canada, including the United States. RM Sothebys will assist buyers with importation and for residents of the USA, in obtaining a US title.

THE MOST FAMOUS ASTON MARTIN MODEL

The Aston Martin DB5 belongs to the rare category of automobiles recognizable instantly even to those who are not enthusiasts; for the public at large, to see one is to instantly know it as an Aston Martin. It has come to represent the company at large for essentially every generation since it was born, largely on the strength of its co-starring role in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. This etched the appearance of a Silver Birch DB5 firmly in the memory of everyone who saw the film, attended a promotional appearance by one of the cars, or bought the Corgi model. Few cars have ever so defined their manufacturer to the world at large.

This is perfectly appropriate because the DB5 was, in and of itself, a memorable, wonderful automobile, even without silver screen infamy to recommend it. It boasted some 170 improvements over the predecessor DB4, most prominently adopting the competition-style covered headlights originally used for the DB4 GT and subsequently available on late-production DB4s as standard equipment. Its lines were magnificent, and its performance utterly thrilling.

For once, period advertisements did not oversell, but simply stated fact: Built by master craftsmen, the Aston Martin DB5 has character, comfort and an abundance of power. Top speed exceeds 150 mph. Stops from 100 mph in 6 seconds. Safe at speed and gentle in traffic. Youll never understand its appeal unless you get into the driving seat.

Simply put, the DB5 deserved to become legendary on its own merits, and likely would have. James Bond and the Furka Pass just didnt hurt.

CHASSIS NUMBER DB5/2255/R

Chassis number DB5/2255/R, a right-hand-drive example, was built for the home market in July 1965. The Aston Martin build sheet for the car is unusually blank of most information, but notes the original purchaser as D.H. Bloomer, Ltd., also known as Francis Motors, on Eleanor Street in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The BMIHT Certificate notes its original color scheme as having been Platinum over Red interior, and that the car was outfitted with Borg-Warner automatic transmission, limited-slip differential, heated rear window, Motorola radio, and chrome wheels. Apparently very early in the cars life, in December 1965, it was involved in an accident, necessitating repairs to the forward end of the car, namely to the front suspension, as noted on the build sheet. Subsequent servicing was then undertaken in 1971.

The car was acquired for the Dare to Dream Collection in early 2013, after which marque specialists Autosport Designs undertook a continuation of the cosmetic restoration begun by a prior owner following an engine fire, complete with correctly fitted bumpers and factory-style mirrors, and conversion to left-hand-drive with a five-speed manual transmission. The body was refinished in Silver Birch, a color that needs no introduction on a DB5, while retaining the red leather interior correct to the original build card. The interior itself was outfitted with a few useful upgrades, including a comfortable arm rest, quartz clock conversion, a new radio and speakers, and seatbelts what Q might have referred to as all the usual refinements. Additional extensive mechanical servicing was completed by RM Auto Restoration, with receipts for this work on file.

A beautiful example of the model, in ideal colors and set up for modern enjoyment in comfort, this DB5 has all of the spirit it did in 1965, and awaits a new caretaker to don tuxedo (or gold paint) and slip behind the wheel.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at www.rmsothebys.com/auctions/dd24/.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    DB52255R
  • Classic Car ID
    102001136
  • Stock Number
    1108249
  • Category
    Exotics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    N/A
  • Engine
    N/A

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