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ASTON MARTIN DB5 - £605,000

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Launched in September 1963 and in production until 1965, a total of 1,059 DB5s were sold, 923 being the 2+2 coupé.  Using the all-aluminium, 4.0-litre DOHC straight-six engine from the DB4 Vantage and a ZF 5-speed gearbox, the DB5 used the Superleggera (super light) patent of attaching aluminium panels to a structural framework of small-diameter steel tubes.  Standard equipment included chrome wire wheels, an oil cooler, electric windows and a fully leather-trimmed cockpit. 

An unrestored, yet very useable, example of an early Aston Martin DB5. First registered on 28 November 1963, this car was originally finished in Caribbean Pearl with Red Connolly leather and benefits from having matching numbers and comprehensive documentation.

Our car is a manual coupé with a ZF 5-speed gearbox, and was supplied by Brooklands of Bond Street, Aston Martins agent in Londons West End, to Manger & Henley Ltd of Borough High Street, South-east London.  The factory build sheet notes the car  was registered 73 GYL.

The build sheet also details service work carried out between the cars delivery and 26 March 1970, by then the car being in the ownership of builder Jack Rhodes, founder of John Rhodes Ltd of Leamington Spa.  By this time the car had covered just over 45,000 miles, 2000 miles less than today. Jack Rhodes was a successful builder and enjoyed the good life having a liking for fine homes and luxury cars.  The recession of the late-seventies hit the building industry hard; Jacks business took a downturn and many of his assets including, we assume, this Aston Martin, had to be sold. 

In 1986, the car was bought by John Goldsmith of well-known Aston Martin specialists Goldsmith & Young who retained and transferred the GYL registration plate, the car now sports an A-suffix (1963) registration.  During this time the car appears to have had some success in historic racing: plaques on the steering wheel show it achieved fastest lap at Brands Hatch in 1986 and at Oulton Park in 1987.

In the early-nineties the car changed hands again, being purchased by a Mr. Pitkethley who maintained the car well; in 2000 the engine was rebuilt to a fast-road specification, the conversion raising the capacity to 4.2 litres with Cosworth pistons.  At some time the car was refinished in its current livery of silver with black leather.

Since acquiring the car weve given it a thorough inspection. Its age, its condition, the matching serial numbers and the file of documentation accompanying the car makes it a fabulous rolling restoration project, either as a conservation project preserved and restored as a truly representative example of one of Aston Martins most beautiful creations or for restoration to concours standard. We would be pleased to undertake whichever level of restoration you require.

If you would like to know more about this car and the rare opportunity it presents, please contact us, wed be delighted to talk to you.

  • 47000 Miles
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1088256

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