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Aston Martin 1964 DB5

Make|Aston Martin
Model|DB5
Year|1964
Exterior Colour|Antrim Blue
Trim Colour|Blue
Carpet Colour|Blue
Date Registered|15/05/1964
Transmission|Manual
Hand of Drive|RHD
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PRICE £850,000
The DB5 was essentially the next generation of the very successful DB4 but with so many improvements it was launched as a new model. The same 6 cylinder Tadek Marek engine was increased to 4.0 litres with a resultant power improvement of 40hp to 280hp in standard form or 310 hp as Vantage. A new 5 speed gearbox and much improved braking enhanced the cars driveability and along with many other refinements made this a superb sports car at the time.
Introduced in the summer of 1963, only 886 saloon cars and a mere 123 convertibles were built until October 1965, when production was given over to the DB6.
‘971 KY’ was fist registered in May 1964 to Messrs. B Hirst & Sons, Halifax, engineers and manufacturers of children’s playground equipment. It left the factory in its original colour of Platinum with Dark Blue Connolly with added extras of Motorola Radio with power aerial, heated rear screen and 2 Britax safety belts. It was still under the ownership of B Hirst when it returned to the factory in 1968 for some engine work but subsequent history is unclear, although it does appear in the AMOC register for participating in the 1981 Ferrari OC Goodwood sprint and the 1982 Wiscombe Park hill climb, the driver on both occasions being listed as ‘Jones’. The DB5 was purchased shortly afterwards by a Mr Davie-Thornhill, by which time it had changed its colour to Aegean Blue but otherwise remained original. After many years of ownership he embarked on a comprehensive restoration in 2006, carried out by specialist Chris Shenton Engineering, to include chassis and sill repairs and a complete engine re-build to 4.2 unleaded spec, along with various other works at a cost of over £40,000 Although his intention was to complete the restoration, Mr Davie-Thornhill decided to part with the car in 2010 when it was purchased by Mr Parry from York and then eventually came into Desmond’s hands in 2013 when it was sold to its current keeper. At this point the restoration process was completed with a full body off re-spray with associated chassis work, gear box and axle re-builds, suspension re-builds, re-trim and carpet and many other works to bring it up to the superb standard you see it today. Completed in 2015 the car has had minimal use since then and remains in excellent condition throughout.
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