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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
mls/kms|0
Date Registered|15/05/1964
Transmission|Manual
Hand of Drive|RHD
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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. A letter in the history file confirms that regular servicing was carried out by Aston Dealer Arnold G Wilson in Leeds under Hirst’s ownership up to 1976. Although, according to factory records, it did return to Newport Pagnell in 1968 for some engine work and to be re-painted in Aqua Marine. It was purchased in 1976 by a Mr Wadham-Smith from London who kept the car until 1979 when it was sold by Aston Martin (Sales) Ltd to a Mr Warren-Green, also from London, the Retail Order Form in the history file is signed by one N S Mee! Warren Green had the DB5 maintained by Ian Mason during his short tenure before selling it to a Mr Jones in 1980. During his ownership Mr Jones was recorded as competing in AMOC events at Goodwood and Wiscombe Park before selling the car in 1985. It was subsequently purchased by a Mr Davie-Thornhill from Matlock, Derbyshire who eventually in 2006 embarked on a course of mechanical restoration with marque specialist Chris Shenton Engineering to include chassis and suspension work along with a full engine re-build to 4.2 unleaded spec, at a total cost of over £40,000. The intention was to complete the restoration with paint and trim at a later date but circumstances dictated that the DB5 was sold in 2011 to a Mr Parry who kept it until Desmond arranged the sale to the current keeper in 2013. A full restoration was commenced in 2014 with specialists Aston Service London, to finish off and complement what had already been done to bring it up to the superb standard you see today. This included chassis, suspension and body work, gearbox and axle re-builds, along with a bare metal re-paint and re-trimming throughout with a total cost in excess of £140,000. Completed in 2015 the car has since had minimal use, residing in Monaco, although still UK registered under the same registration number it left the factory with, in 1964!
This beautiful DB5 is in exceptional condition, is ready to go and comes with original factory build sheet and comprehensive history file.
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