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September 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 DB4 Series 5 Vantage. However the model introduced the 4.0L 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, and the rare shooting-brake estate, 12 of which were made. 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 1965.



  • DB5, 4.0L I6, saloon, 210kW@5500rpm, 390Nm@3850rpm, £4,175
  • DB5, 4.0L I6, drop-head convertible, 210kW, 390Nm, £4,489 (123 built)
  • DB5, 4.0L I6, shooting brake, 210kW, 390Nm (12 built by Radford)
  • DB5 Vantage, 4.0L I6, saloon, 235kW(65 built)
  • Volante, 4.0L I6, "short chassis" convertible, 210kW, 390Nm (37 built) (October 1965 - October 1966)

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Mechanical specification

Engine: 3995cc twin-camshaft straight six-cylinder engine
Transmission: 4-speed/ 5-speed ZF manual , 3-speed automatic gearbox
Power: Standard: 210kW@5500rpm, Vantage: 234kW
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: 4567mm
Width: 1689mm
Wheels: 15-inch wire wheels
Brakes: Discs all round


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Aston Martin DB5 Coupe

Aston Martin DB5 Coupe

Aston Martin DB5 Coupe

Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Coupe

Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake

Aston Martin DB5 interior

Aston Martin DB5 Aston Martin badge

Aston Martin DB5 rear DB5 badge

Aston Martin DB5 side DB5 badge

Aston Martin DB5 Superleggera badge

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James Bond

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 Connery films:

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.
Bullet-proof windows.
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.
Water cannon.
Armaments tray under front driver seat.

Extra Equipment from Brosnan films

The gearbox case contains glass and a chilled bottle of Champagne - Bollinger 1988.
Phototransmitter/Printer connected to a pair of binoculars.

publicity shot from Goldfinger

from Thunderball

from Goldeneye

from Casino Royale

publicity shot from Spectre

at the London Film Museum in 2015

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