Rare Rides: A Trio of 1965 Aston Martin DB5s, a Complete Collection

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis

We’ve featured several Aston Martins on Rare Rides previously, but have never covered its most recognizable car: the DB5. Designed in Italy, the DB5 was an instant collector’s item when it starred as James Bond’s ride in Goldfinger.

Today’s collection includes all three different DB5 body styles, each rarer than the last.

First some basics. The DB5 was the successor to the DB4, a 2+2 produced between 1958 and 1963. The DB4 was designed by Carrozzeria Touring (a name we’ve heard before), a firm that worked frequently with Aston Martin in the Fifties and Sixties. Thus when the DB4 needed replacement, design work was handed to Touring once again. The new DB5 took the principles established in the DB4 and enhanced them: The design was familiar to Aston customers but more modern, as it implemented a more sweeping look than the DB4.

Underneath the DB5 used the same wheelbase as the DB4 but had a slightly longer overall length. The DB5 used an aluminum inline-six of 4.0 liters, sized up from the 3.7 found in the majority of DB4 examples. At the end of the DB4’s run, a few high-po versions used the 4.0. Depending on the year, the DB5 was good for between 282 and 325 horsepower, the latter figure available only in the Vantage version with its triple Weber carbs. Those carbs meant the Vantage coupe made its sprint to 60 in 6.5 seconds. The manual transmission here had five forward speeds and was from ZF, and there was an optional three-speed auto from BorgWarner.

The DB5 had a short life and was only in production from 1963 to 1965. During that time, Aston produced a low 1,059 total examples. The company moved on to the similar-looking DB6, which had a longer production life from 1965 to 1970.

Of the small overall number of DB5s, the vast majority were coupes. Aston also built a convertible version during most of the DB5’s run, a design also penned by Touring. With a much lower take rate, only 123 convertibles were produced. At the very end of DB5 production, Aston adopted the Volante name for the DB5 convertible and continues the use of that term today.

But the rarest DB5 was the shooting brake version. Limited to a prototype for company owner David Brown, Aston never officially produced any wagon-like DB5s. Instead, the shooting brakes were built by British coach firm Harold Radford. A custom-order type car, the shooting brakes were built only after a customer came to Aston Martin with interest. Total number built: 11.

Today’s DB5 collection is a special one. Three DB5s, one of each body style were gathered by a dedicated owner. Notably, each is of the high-powered Vantage variety. A coupe in classic silver, shooting brake in a misty green, and Volante in light blue. The seller mentions the shooting brake is especially unique, in that it’s the singular example in Vantage guise. The ask is $5.67 million, in case you were wondering.

H/t to commenter FreedMike for pointing out today’s collection.

[Images: YouTube via seller]

Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Started writing articles for TTAC in late 2016, when my first posts were QOTDs. From there I started a few new series like Rare Rides, Buy/Drive/Burn, Abandoned History, and most recently Rare Rides Icons. Operating from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio, a relative auto journalist dead zone. Many of my articles are prompted by something I'll see on social media that sparks my interest and causes me to research. Finding articles and information from the early days of the internet and beyond that covers the little details lost to time: trim packages, color and wheel choices, interior fabrics. Beyond those, I'm fascinated by automotive industry experiments, both failures and successes. Lately I've taken an interest in AI, and generating "what if" type images for car models long dead. Reincarnating a modern Toyota Paseo, Lincoln Mark IX, or Isuzu Trooper through a text prompt is fun. Fun to post them on Twitter too, and watch people overreact. To that end, the social media I use most is Twitter, @CoreyLewis86. I also contribute pieces for Forbes Wheels and Forbes Home.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jun 08, 2021

    The price is reasonable - no joke. I just need an army of friends to go in with me.

  • NigelShiftright NigelShiftright on Jun 08, 2021

    Up till now, I always thought there was no such thing as an ugly Aston. And no such thing as an ugly 2-door station wa.., oops, I mean shooting brake. (donning kevlar) This thing is both.

  • Canam23 I believe the Chinese are entirely capable of building good cars, BYD has shown that they are very forward thinking and their battery technology is very good, BUT, I won't buy one because I don't believe in close to slave labor conditions, their animosity to the west, the lack of safety conditions for their workers and also the tremendous amount of pollution their factories produce. It's not an equal playing field and when I buy a car I want it made with as little pollution as possible in decent working conditions and paying a livable wage. I find it curious that people are taking swipes at the UAW in this thread because you can clearly see what horrific labor conditions exist in China, no union to protect them. I also don't own an iphone, I prefer my phones made where there aren't nets around to catch possible suicide jumpers. I am currently living in France, Citroen makes their top model in China, but you see very few. BYD has yet to make an impression here and the French government has recently imposed huge tariffs on Chinese autos. Currently the ones I see the most are the new MG's, mostly electric cars that remind me of early Korean cars, but they are progressing. In fact, the French buy very little Chinese goods, they are very protective of their industries.
  • Jerry Haan I have these same lights, and the light output, color, and coverage is amazing!Be aware, these lights interfere with AM and FM radio reception with the stereoreceiver I have in my garage. When the lights are on, I all the AM stations havelots of static, and there are only a couple of FM stations that are clear. When Iturn the lights off, all the radio stations work fine. I have tried magnetic cores on the power cords of the lights, that did not makeany change. The next thing I am going to try is mounting an antenna in my atticto get them away from the lights. I contacted the company for support, they never responded.
  • Lou_BC Are Hot Wheels cars made in China?
  • DS No for 2 reasons. 1-Every new car pipelines data back to the manufacturer; I don't like it with domestic, Japanese and Euro companies and won't put up with it going to Chinese companies that are part financed by their government. 2-People have already mentioned Vinfast, but there's also the case of Hyundai. Their cars were absolutely miserable for years before they learned enough about the US market
  • Theflyersfan Well, if you're on a Samsung phone, (noticing all of the shipping boxes are half Vietnamese), you're using a Vietnam-built phone. Apple? Most of ours in the warehouse say China, but they are trying to spread out to other countries because putting all eggs in the Chinese basket right now is not wise. I'm asking Apple users here (the point of above) - if you're OK using an expensive iPhone, where is your Made in China line in the sand? Can't stress this enough - not being confrontational. I am curious, that's all. Is it because Apple is California-based that manufacturing location doesn't matter, vs a company in a Beijing skyscraper? We have all weekend to hopefully have a civil discussion about how much is too much when it comes to supporting companies being HQ-ed in adversarial countries. I, for one, can't pull the trigger on a Chinese car. All kinds of reasons - political, human rights, war mongering and land grabbing - my morality is ruling my decisions with them.