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• Fresh to the market, from 19 years of current private ownership
• AMOC Multi Concours winner in the late 1990's. Body restored by Bodylines prior to Concours success
• Engine top-end rebuild by RS Williams. Electric power steering and new clutch by GTC Engineering
• Recent works include: new disc brakes all round, new shock absorbers and the underside of the car fully stripped and detailed
• Matching numbers, right-hand drive, Silver Birch with red leather – everything the Aston Martin enthusiast could wish for
Aston Martin's post-war evolution took a major step forward with the launch of the DB4 in 1958. Classically proportioned, the beautiful, Touring-designed, body established an instantly recognisable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. The engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley-supervised 3.0-litre unit had been superseded by a new design from the pen of Tadek Marek. The new 3,670cc straight-six developed 240bhp at 5,500rpm and the David Brown gearbox was an all-new, four-speed all-synchromesh design.
Five distinct 'Series' were built as the DB4 gradually metamorphosed into the DB5 which was introduced in July 1963. The new "5" boasted an enlarged 4.0-litre engine which had seen service initially powering the four-door Lagonda Rapide of 1961 and, having proven itself reliable, was subtly modified to suit the sporting aspirations of Aston's new 'flagship'. Equipped with three SU carburettors, the '400' engine produced 282bhp at 5,500rpm and was mated to a four-speed/overdrive gearbox, a 'proper' ZF five-speed unit becoming standard later.
The DB5's distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened, Series 'V' DB4. Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s apart from twin fuel filler caps, although these had already appeared on some of the earlier cars. Beneath the skin, however, there were numerous improvements including alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes instead of Dunlops, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oil pressure gauge as standard equipment.
This, very special, UK-supplied, right-hand drive DB5, has been lovingly owned by our private vendor since 2001 and this is its first visit to the open market in nearly 20 years. Prior to our vendor's custodianship, ‘EOL 613C’ enjoyed much success in the AMOC Concours circles, with the body having been superbly restored earlier in the decade by ‘Bodylines’. The badges sit proudly on the dashboard from various Concours success in '94, '96 and '97.
Our vendor, who enjoys a significant private collection, has therefore never needed to restore the DB5 whilst in his care but that hasn’t stopped him lavishing money on the car to keep it up to his exacting standards. During his ownership, marque experts RS Williams carried out a top end engine rebuild and GTC Engineering, based in Silverstone, fitted electric power steering along with a new clutch. More recent work prior to the sale includes new discs all round, new shock absorbers, and the underside of the car has been fully stripped and detailed. There are invoices on file detailing the recent work carried out.
This DB5 is therefore ready for its next owner to use and enjoy, as our vendor has done. This is no ‘garage Queen’, having been used for what it was intended and is all the better for it! Showing over 60,000 miles, ‘DB52023R’ is accompanied by a comprehensive owner's folder detailing the cars illustrious history and we recommend any interested party to review it thoroughly prior to the auction. Pleasingly, the original workshop manual and full set of original tools is also included.
Silverstone Auctions are very proud to offer this stunning, usable example to the market for the first time in nearly two decades. Offered at a competitive estimate, this DB5 is one for the enthusiast is and is a chance to join a very exclusive club of the most famous of the ‘James Bond’ Aston Martins.