1963 Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin introduced the DB4 grand tourer in 1958 and established an instantly recognizable look that would remain with the company until 1970. They were classically proportioned with a Touring-designed body and signaled a major turning point for Aston Martin as it was the first car of the David Brown era not powered by an engine co-designed by W.O. Bentley nor did it use a chassis derived from the experimental Atom of 1939. It was also the first Aston Martin to wear Carrozzeria Touring's 'Superleggera' bodywork, in which light alloy panels were fixed to a supporting framework of light-gauge steel tubes.

The styling was by Touring with the coachwork being applied under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin. The DB2/4-type multi-tubular spaceframe was deemed incompatible with the Touring Superleggera body construction, so engineer Harold Beach designed a strong platform type chassis. The prior trailing-link independent front suspension was replaced with unequal-length wishbones and the rear setup used a Watts linkage instead of the prior Panhard rod. Power was from an entirely new engine designed by Tadek Marek, which had first been used at LeMans the previous year in the DBR2. The 3,670cc unit was an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft six with 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 92mm and offered 240 horsepower at 5,500 RPM. The David Brown gearbox was a new four-speed all-synchromesh unit. At the time of the DB4's introduction, it was Britain's most powerful and fastest production car.

Five (unofficially designated) series were built as the model gradually became the DB5. DB4 production came to a close in 1963 after 1,204 examples had been produced, including 19 DB4GT/Zagatos. Introduced in July 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 came with a 4.0-liter engine, which had first been used in the Lagonda Rapide in 1961. Equipped with three SU carburetors, it offered 282 horsepower at 5,500 RPM and was backed by a four-speed/overdrive gearbox. A ZF five-speed unit was standardized later.

The DB5 was the same size as the lengthened, 'Series V' DB4 and its cowled headlamps had previously been showcased on the DB4GT. Visually, there were few remarkable differences between the DB4 and DB5 apart from twin fuel filler caps, although these had already appeared on some cars. The trunk lids also differed slightly between the DB4 MK5 and the DB5. Underneath the skin, however, were numerous changes and improvements including Girling disc brakes replaced the prior Dunlops, Sundym glass, alternator electrics, an oil pressure gauge and electric windows as standard equipment. Other standard items included reclining seats, chrome wire wheels, oil cooler, magnesium-alloy body, full leather trim, a fire extinguisher, and wool pile carpets.

65 examples received the 314 horsepower, triple-Weber Vantage engine, introduced in September of 1964. A convertible bodystyle was also offered, and independent coachbuilder Harold Radford offered a shooting brake conversion. Production lasted from July of 1963 until September of 1965, with 1,021 DB5s produced, including 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes.

The Aston Martin DB5 has the distinction of being the first and perhaps the most famous of all the 'James Bond' cars, having appeared in no fewer than five movies of the series, beginning with Goldfinger in 1964.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019

Related Reading : Aston Martin DB5 History

The DB5s were built from 1964 through 1965 during which 1021 examples were produced. They followed the success of the DB4s and featured similar body work as the 2 door, 4 seater Saloon. The DB name was derived from David Brown, an individual who had purchased the Aston Martin Company. The six cylinder engine was still standard. However, this Tadek Mereck designed straight six was now displacing....
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Related Reading : Aston Martin DB5 History

The DB series was named after the head of Aston Martin from 1947 until 1972, David Brown. Debuted in 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 was the spicy replacement of the earlier DB4 model. The DB5 was available as a convertible or a sports saloon and was slightly heavier and longer than the DB4. Standard equipment on the DB5 included pile carpets, recling seats, a fire extinguisher and electric windows. All....
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1963 Vehicle Profiles

1963 Aston Martin DB5 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB5C/1253/L

Aston Martin introduced this new DB5 model in 1963 and it became one of the most famous sports cars in the world. The first few production cars were sent to the world's automobile shows.....[continue reading]

1963 Aston Martin DB5 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Aston Martin earned renown when a DB5 was chosen as a specialized car for fictional spy James Bond in the 1964 film Goldfinger; arguably a car that needs no introduction. Aston Martin is a British cultural icon, and they have been a 'purveyor of moto....[continue reading]

1963 Aston Martin DB5 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: DB5C/1255/R
Engine Num: 400/1595

This Aston Martin DB5 is the fifth convertible chassis numbered, and was as a Company Works demonstrator. It left the factory finished in its current color combination of Caribbean Pearl over Dark Blue Connolly leather, and was fitted with an overdri....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB5C/1253/L 
Coupe by Touring
 
Convertible Coupe by Touring
Chassis #: DB5C/1255/R 

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Price Comparison

1963 DB5
$13,655-$22,503,030
1963 Aston Martin DB5 Price Range: $12,780 - $13,655

$11,255 - $20,666

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Aston Martin
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)

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