Evaluation: The front seats have been recovered but the rear seat is original, as is much of the interior trim and the aged carpets. The paint is old, blotchy, nicked, and chipped. The bumpers and other chrome are rusty and thin. The engine compartment is orderly but aged with old, probably original, paint. It’s all there but the car is aged and has multiple needs.
Bottom Line: Discounted by Artcurial in the estimate range, then again by the bidders, the DB5 engine may offer 42 more horsepower plus the driving enjoyment of the 5-speed but the departure from original specifications is a powerful handicap to value exacerbated by the neglected old condition. In the end, this is a realistic compromise between the intrinsic value of a DB4 and the condition and departure from original specs of this example.