By on June 8, 2021

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]

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10 Comments on “Rare Rides: A Trio of 1965 Aston Martin DB5s, a Complete Collection...”

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Shame on you. You just provided me with a reason to throw away my morals and conscience and take to cyber crime, smuggling, or ripping off unwary investors, just so that I could get my hands on those three beauties.

  • avatar

    I suppose getting one with machine guns concealed in the front bumper is out of the question.

  • avatar

    Sweet. One day I’ll pick the right Lotto numbers.

  • avatar

    Does this count as rare? I saw a Jaguar Mk 8, I think, maybe a Mk 9, out and about yesterday. Could hardly believe it.
    Bit of a surprise to say the least. Mid-late ’50s. A hulker I used to think 55 years ago. Today, it looks midsize and ancient. They had the 3.4l 210 hp DOHC six engine and weren’t dead slow by any means. That 3.4l engine generally being acknowledged as the best and smoothest, before Jag futzed it into 3.8 and 4.2l versions that didn’t rev and overheated. The Aston and Jag had the only two big DOHC sixes in Blighty in the ’50s and ’60s, and Jag outsold Aston about 100 to 1 being less than half the price.

    The Aston trio price is silly, IMO. A $5.7 million fantasy, fit only for a museum display. None too wonderful to drive if you read old Autocar road tests available on this here darn new hinternet web.

    Of course they were knocked out with it, a steady diet of Morris Oxfords and Ford Cortinas and Hillman Whatevers will do that to a tester. But the seats were bad, the steering was wonky and extremely heavy at parking speeds, and she ran 16.0 flat in the quarter with supposedly 282 bhp from the standard engine while weighing only 3310 pounds. Don’t suppose the Vantage engine was that much quicker in reality. Seemed to respond to a dab of oppo when goosed in a corner to overcome the understeer. Likely the E-type was quicker, and it looked better anyway. IMHO.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    My Grandpa had a DB5. As an Irish dentist living and working in England he took to British cars in a bad way and never owned a car from another country. I rode in a Lotus Esprit Turbo at the age of twelve – I was a lot taller than that car was, even at that age. He had a Rolls; several Lotuses; a Bugeye Sprite; and a bunch of other stuff. My Mom said that the Aston was problematic as the electrics would often fail in the rain( !? ). He push-started it one morning but then failed to get into the seat – ‘luckily’ it hit a pile of bricks down the road instead of blazing into the cross street at the bottom of the hill they lived on.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The price is reasonable – no joke.

    I just need an army of friends to go in with me.

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    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.

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