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Aston Martin 1964 DB5

Make|Aston Martin
Model|DB5
Year|1964
Exterior Colour|Rothesay Red
Trim Colour|Black Leather
Carpet Colour|Black
mls/kms|mls
Date Registered|27/08/1964
Transmission|Manual
Hand of Drive|RHD
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The DB5 was essentially the next generation of the very successful DB4 with many improvements particularly in power, with the new 4.0 litre version of the Tadek Marek 6 cyl engine developing 280 bhp in standard form or 310 bhp in Vantage. rnA new 5 speed gearbox and much improved brakes along with many other refinements over the DB4 made this a superb sports car at the time. rnIntroduced in the summer of 1963, only 898 saloon cars and a mere 123 convertibles were built until October 1965, when production was given over to the DB6.
This DB5 left the factory in September 1964 in its original Sierra Blue with Fawn trim and according to the manufacturers build sheet was sold through agents Brooklands to Woodward (Hampstead) Ltd, furniture manufacturers from London. Following this DVLA records show the DB5 belonging to a Mr George Martin White from Kensington in 1968 and under the same ownership in Gerrards Cross in 1970. It returned to the factory in 1971 for servicing at 57,000 miles before changing ownership again in 1975 to Leigh Road Garage, Chulmleigh, Devon, and subsequently to Mr Anthony Finney from Cheltenham in 1977. No further ownership change is recorded until it came into the hands of dealers Antea Cars, Wandsworth London and at some point following this it was exported to Japan. The DB5 remained in Japan until being discovered by Desmond in a scrap yard in a very poor state in 2004 but still in its original colour and trim combination. Several months later in 2005 the DB5 was repatriated to the UK and sold to its current owner with a view to a full ground up restoration. This was commenced by Desmond J Smail Ltd in 2007, paused for a while due to other commitments, before finally completing in 2014. This beautiful DB5 has had very little use since and remains in perfect condition, fully serviced and ready for use.
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