Lot 337: Aston Martin DB5 Saloon
282 bhp, 3,995 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU carburettors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs anti-roll bar, live rear axle with Watt linkage, radius rods and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98" " Desirable late-production example; matching numbers engine, unleaded fuel conversion " Restored from 20102011 and well maintained " Recently serviced by Aston Martin Works Service, Newport Pagnell " Comprehensive documentation file, with known chain of ownership Débuting in the autumn of 1963 and produced for just over two years, Aston Martin's DB5 heralded a larger and more powerful four-litre version of the DB4 engine with triple SU carburettors, delivering 282 bhp. Sloping front wings with covered headlights, first seen on the DB4GT, became a DB5 hallmark, and after the first approximately 50 cars, a ZF five-speed gearbox became standard. Prized for its performance and excellent driving dynamics, the DB5 went on to become the most recognisable Aston Martin and perhaps, the most famous car of all time, as James Bond's mount in Goldfinger and Thunderball. Most recently, a machine gun-equipped, silver DB5 was spotted being filmed and is anticipated to appear in the upcoming new James Bond film, Skyfall, which is due to début later this year. Originally supplied as a home-market RHD car, 2207/R was built on 5 July 1965, and as one of the last DB5s built, it was equipped with the improved glass-covered headlamps, rather than the earlier Plexiglas units. The vehicle was fully restored by Aston Martin specialists Goldsmith & Young, during 1990 and 1991, at approximately 25,000 miles, with work including an engine overhaul and unleaded-fuel conversion, overhauled brakes, steering and suspension, electrical conversion to negative earth, and an electronic ignition system. The chassis was also treated with Waxoyl. Most recently, during 2010 and 2011, 2207/R was again, beautifully restored by marque specialists to a superbly high standard. Mechanical work included a new clutch and starter, plus rebuilt brakes, steering and suspension. Other upgrades include stainless-steel exhaust, brake lines and brake-calliper pistons, plus ECB Red brake pads. The electric window lifts were replaced with later Aston Martin service replacement units. Externally, a complete exterior refinish was executed in Silver Birch, and the interior was re-trimmed in gorgeous deep red Bridge of Weir leather. The bumpers have been rechromed and all bright work professionally polished. In March 2012, the vehicle was transported to Aston Martin Works Service at Newport Pagnell for a specialist service. Complete with a period Britool design toolkit and spare set of keys, this highly maintained DB5 is also accompanied by a comprehensive history file containing invoices and photographic records. Restored and beautifully maintained, this late-production DB5 is simply superb.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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