While many car enthusiasts have different tastes and preferences, there are some things nearly all of us can agree on. One of those things is that if you want the highest quality grand touring machine out there, you get an Aston. The world saw its first DB car (the DB1, named after Aston Martin owner David Brown) around 70 years ago, and they are still in production today.
With a history as long as that, they have cemented themselves as the premiere grand touring car manufacturer. So when it comes to picking a luxurious, fast, touring ready sports car, the question really isn’t which car to get, but which Aston Martin to get.
What’s So Special About the DB5?
When it comes to classic British sports cars, there is one that shines above the rest. One that is more recognizable, and more sought after than most. The Aston Martin DB5, but why? For starters, it’s a movie star. Many manufacturers have put their cars in films to boost their reputation and popularity, but Aston Martin took it to another level. In 1964 the third movie in the James Bond series was released. James Bond was loved by all as the calm, cool, and badass agent from London, so they placed him in the most obviously fitting vehicle, the DB5.
This put the Aston on the stage it deserved to show off its beauty and performance to the masses. However, this car is more than just a movie star. The love of the DB5 is also due to its smooth revving and powerful inline 6 cylinder engine, producing one of the best exhaust notes in the world. The exterior design is equally special, as it features a timeless, luxurious look, thanks to Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. With a rich history, British build quality and manufacturing, Italian design, and an on screen appearance it is no wonder the DB5 has become such an iconic GT car.
Why This DB5 Belongs in Your Garage
This 1964 Aston Martin is chassis number 1305/L. This means it was built for the American market as a left hand drive car; but more notably, it was the fifth DB5 ever produced. It was sold in San Fransisco and remains with its current owner nearby, in Sausalito, California. It has been with this owner since 1981, making its vehicle history very accessible and well documented. You may be waiting for me to tell you all about its full restoration, but I am actually pleased to tell you it hasn’t had one. That may take a bit of explaining, but it can actually be a very good thing.
When a car has been trashed, crashed, and left to die in a field or barn somewhere, restoration is always a good thing. However, a car that is in pristine condition, despite its age, does not at all need restoring. Because it hasn’t been restored it is still all original. It’s white exterior finish, and the whole interior: original. It’s engine and transmission: original. The wheels, trim pieces, mirrors, bumpers, anything else: original.
Not only is it special in the fact that it’s all original, but some of those parts are actually pretty unique factory options. It has a manual transmission that features overdrive, as well as a 3.77 rear axle ratio.
This legendary DB5 is a very special and unique car. Like all Aston Martins, it has an incredibly rich history of British motoring excellence. However, unlike most classic Aston Martins it’s completely original. If you happened to be looking for a DB5, or any classic GT car for that matter, this is a hard one to pass up. Regardless, I think we can all appreciate the charm and elegance of this 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Learn More