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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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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