1963 - September 1965
The Aston Martin DB5 was released
in September 1963 to replace the sometimes troublesome DB4 model
that began in 1958. Designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria
Touring Superleggera, the DB5 was an near identical evolution
of the Series 5 DB4 Vantage. However the model introduced the
4.0L Marek six-cylinder engine, to replace the 3.7L unit, and
had the option of the 5-speed transmission. The
DB5 is arguably the most well-known film car from its appearance
in Jamed Bond films, starting off with Goldfinger (1964)
where the car was filled with lots of gadgets.
The majority of the DB5's sold
were of the beautiful coupe bodystyle, with the DB5 also being
available in convertible (123 made), and the rare shooting-brake
estate (12 made by coachbuilder Radford). A Vantage model was
offered, where the engines were tuned, 65 of which were made.
1,059 DB5s were produced
and the model was replaced by the Aston Martin DB6 in September
4.0L I6, saloon, 210kW@5500rpm, 380Nm@4500rpm, £4,175
4.0L I6, drop-head convertible, 210kW,
4.0L I6, shooting brake, 210kW, 380Nm
4.0L I6, saloon, 235kW
3995cc twin-camshaft straight six-cylinder engine
Transmission: 4-speed David Brown
manual/ 5-speed ZF manual (initally an optional but was standard
in 1964), Borg Warner 3-speed automatic gearbox (1964, £72
Power: Standard: 210kW@5500rpm,
Acceleration: 0-96km/h- 7.1 sec
Max. Speed: Standard: 225km/h
, Vantage: 241km/h
Fuel Consumption: 17.3mpg
Chassis: Body of light alloy
construction around a small diameter multi-tubular framework,
the hole mounted on a platform chassis.
Length: Saloon: 4570mm, Convertible: 4480mm
Wheels: 15-inch wire wheels
Brakes: Girling Twin servo assisted
brakes with front and rear solid discs
The silver birch Aston Martin DB5 is the
most famous of all the James Bond cars. It is seen in Goldfinger
(1964), Thunderball (1965), Goldeneye (1995),
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough
(1999), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall
(2012) and Spectre (2015). In the Connery
films, it was used as a contemporaneous Q-Branch car, filled
with all the extras. In the later Brosnan & Craig
films, it appears as Bond's private vehicle.
Extra Equipment from
Rotating number plates: (BMT
216A - UK, 4711-EA-62 - France and LU 6789 - Switzerland)
Front firing, 2 shortbarrelled , 0.30 calibre Browning machine
guns behind front parking lights.
Smoke-screen unit released through the exhaust pipes.
Oil slick ejecting device behind near side tail-light.
Pointed 'Commando Spikes' (calthrops) behind offside tail-light.
Hydraulic bullet-proof steel plate covering rear window.
Radar scanner in racing type wing mirror, tracking screen
in the cockpit
Extendable front and rear over-riders for close combat.
Retractable tyre cutters in the wheels.
Passenger ejector seat where the roof panel is let go before
the seat is fired.
Radio telephone housed in driver's door panel.
Armaments tray under front driver seat.
Extra Equipment from
The gearbox case contains
glass and a chilled bottle of Champagne - Bollinger 1988.
Phototransmitter/Printer connected to a pair of binoculars.