Desmond J. Smail
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1964 Aston Martin DB5    £650,000


The DB5 was essentially the next generation of the very successful DB4 with many improvements particularly in power, with the new 4.0l version of the Tadek Marek 6 cyl engine, a new 5 speed gearbox and better brakes, making it a superb sports car at the time. Introduced in the summer of 1963, only 1,021 cars were built until October 1965, when production was given over to the DB6. It remains the most Iconic sports car of all time!

This DB5 saloon was supplied in May 1964, originally in Sierra Blue and Fawn hide, through dealer Brooklands to a Mr N Ramseyer of Ramseyer Motor Group, Great west Road. The original build sheet shows the car being returned to the factory for servicing and other works up to 1966. It is unclear what then happened to the car until it came into the possession of Martin Daly from Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire in 1978. He kept the car until 1983 when it became the property of Mr Richard Clegg from Macclesfield. Various invoices from Aston Service Dorset in the history file show Mr Clegg owning the car up to 1988. It then came into the possession of a Mr Roy Fournier and it seems from correspondence that the car was in need of some restoration at this stage of its life. Mr Fournier did some of this restoration work in 1991 but never completed it, as it was purchased in 1995 by Keiron Witt in a 'dismantled condition', his own words in a letter to previous keeper Martin Daly. Mr Witt set about a complete restoration of the car, a labour of love over many years as all the correspondence shows. The chassis, body and paintwork in Silver Birch was carried out by Panelrama, and the engine was fully re-built to Vantage specification by Excalibur Engineering. The car was also completely re-trimmed, gearbox and axle re-built, and many improvements made including Kenlowe electric fans, telescopic rear and Koni front dampers, Harvey Bailey handling kit and full length stainless exhaust system. Mr Witt kept and maintained the car until 2010 having eventually completed its restoration. The car first became known to Desmond J Smail in 1997 and we aided in the restoration and maintenance until 2010 when we also arranged the sale to the current owner. Desmond J Smail has continued to maintain the car since including the fitting of power assisted steering in 2011 and full re-trim in 2013. The car remains in excellent condition