1963 Aston Martin DB5

Drophead Coupe
Gooding & Company's latest online auction averages $1.28M per car
Thursday, 28 January - Friday, 5 February 2021
£836,000 ($1,146,490)
Sale Price
£750,000 - £1,000,000
Est. Range
5 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. DB5C1261R; Engine no. 4001306. Silver Birch with black top over red leather. RHD. 4196/282hp, 5-speed ZF gearbox, chromed wire wheels, front seat belts, woodrim steering wheel, power steering, air conditioning, retro digital radio, Girling disc brakes, power windows, original tool roll, jack, and instruction book.

Evaluation: One of just 123 DB5 convertibles. Ordered new by a woman in Scotland in California Sage over White Gold leather, and with an automatic gearbox. Restored by Marque Specialist Adrian Johnson, completed in 2008 and with engine enlarged to 4.2 liters and 5-speed fitted.

A beautiful DB5 drop-top, it has a great paint finish and panel fit from 20 feet but up close there are paint chips and marks. The bonnet is slightly uneven and needs work. It has good chrome with tiny pitting from storage. The front grille is original with minor indentations. The headlight rims are original with a dull finish. The exterior and all the door shuts trims have been refitted without renovation and it shows. The hood top covering is creased and aged. The interior presents well, with high-quality red leather that is slightly creasing and aging nicely. The bright red carpets look good quality. The throttle pedal is very worn but the clutch and brake pedal rubbers look newer. The engine is clean and well presented but not show field polished. The engine air filter looks aged and ready for replacement. The tool roll and jack stand are newer additions. The dashtop Sony cone speakers look out of place in a car like this; the engine and exhaust should be the only music you need. An achingly gorgeous English dream car in need of some minor attention.

Bottom Line: Let down by numerous flaws, non-original colors and a gearbox change, this car is nevertheless a very rare classic and is a right-hand driver in its home market. The price is a fair one.

by Andrew Newton
11 February 2021
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