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10-11 March 2017

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Lot 271

1965 Aston Martin DB5

  • Chassis no. DB5/2098/R
  • Engine no. 400/2204

Sold for $990,000


300 bhp, 4,200 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple Weber twin-choke carburetors, ZF five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar; live rear axle with Watt linkage, radius rods, and coil springs; and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98 in.

  • Magnificent, ground-up concours restoration by marque specialists
  • Richard Stewart Williams-rebuilt engine to 4.2-liter specification
  • Stunning in original Sierra Blue
  • Outstanding professional conversion to exacting factory specification left-hand drive
  • Complete with tools, handbook, and parts and service manuals


The Aston Martin DB5 epitomized the success of the company’s mission to produce a world-class GT sports coupe with the English gentleman in mind. The car was hand built and improved upon the advanced engineering that began with its groundbreaking predecessor, the DB4. Superior materials were used in manufacture, such as aluminum-alloy body panels mounted over a skeleton of small-diameter tubing, which was patented by Touring of Milan as Superleggera construction. Its race-proven engine was also made of aluminum, including both the block and its twin-cam hemispherical cylinder head. Then, of course, the interior was upholstered in the finest Connolly leather, which was complemented by deep-pile Wilton carpets. The net result was a car of unmatched power, elegance, and luxury.

According to its factory build sheet, a copy of which is on file, this particular DB5 was originally delivered to Martins Caravan Company Ltd., in Countess Wear, North Exeter, with the guarantee issued on 22 October 1965. It was originally finished in Sierra Blue over Dark Blue Connolly leather, with the “non-standard equipment” of three-ear knock-off hubs, chrome wire wheels, and a heated rear screen. Factory service work is recorded well into 1966, including two separate rebuildings and refitting of the engine.

A former owner noted that the car was exported to the United States in 1980, and it has remained here since, including long-term enjoyment in the Pacific Northwest; it was driven by owner Cameron Sheehan in the Oregon Columbia Gorge Classic vintage rally in 2001, 2002, and 2003. More recently, in 2013–2014 it was subjected to a full restoration from the ground up, and from bare metal (photo documented) to the highest of standards, by marque specialists Vantage Motors in Stamford, Connecticut, performed for a longtime Aston Martin enthusiast/collector.

In the words of a knowledgeable RM Sotheby’s specialist, “This car has enjoyed the most comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration of any DB5 that we have sold in memory.” Its left-hand-drive conversion was done to the most full, professional, and correct standards possible, down to windshield wipers that park opposite the driver, which required reworking the cowl for their placement. The exquisite bodywork was perfectly finished in the original color of Sierra Blue by Aston paint and color expert Dwayne Nosworthy of West Chester Classics in Connecticut, while the interior was upholstered in a sumptuous Spinneybeck butterscotch, set off with navy Wilton carpets. Further, the current engine, a correct DB5 unit, was specially shipped to the United Kingdom for a rebuild to the desirable, powerful 4.2-liter specification by the world-renowned Richard Stewart Williams, quasi-factory Aston Martin engineers and restorers.” Many of the best names have been contracted to make this DB5 the finest example one might imagine, a lusty performer in a tailored suit.

The car now presents as a jewelry-like restoration, with all of the proper accoutrements, including a jack, hammer, tool roll, owner’s handbook, factory reprint service and parts manuals, extra keys, and a car cover.

An outstanding DB5 that presents beautifully down to the last, tiny detail, this car has been thoroughly prepared to stunning and correct presentation, in an original color that simply cannot be beat. It is stunning and worthy of consideration by the most finicky connoisseur.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more