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1964 Aston Martin DB5

Coupe
$2,425,000
Sale Price
$1,400,000 - $1,800,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
18 August 2022
Sold Date
18
Lot Number
#2-
Recent restoration
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Snow Shadow Grey over red leather. RHD. 3995/282hp, 5-speed, wire wheels, Avon tires, woodrim steering wheel, Motorola radio, power windows.

Evaluation: Bought by Sean Connery later in life (in 2018, when he was 90), prepared by RS Williams. Has the original engine, and the body was painted to match the Goldfinger DB5, which was a prototype painted in a DB4 color, not the later production DB5 color of Silver Birch. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund. Includes a personal drive with Sir Jackie Stewart ferrying the winning bidder.

The paint and chrome mostly look fantastic. The door fit is slightly uneven on the passenger’s side. The leather in front is slightly wrinkled but the rest of the interior looks great. Slight delaminating at the top left of the windshield. Very minor flaws matter little on this car, since it’s a DB5 owned by the man who made the DB5 a legend.

Bottom Line: The DB5 is already a hugely valuable car. Because it’s the most famous Aston Martin. Because it was the coolest Bond car. There’s no exact science in putting a price on celebrity, especially when charity is involved, but the car got the lion’s share of attention at the preview and Broad Arrow’s realistic estimate range was surpassed to a price of about two times what another DB5 in this condition would normally sell for. RHD cars also tend to carry a discount over here, but when it’s Bond’s DB5 we’re talking about you wouldn’t want it any other way.

by Andrew Newton
25 August 2022
1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 front
1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 interior
1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 engine
1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 rear three-quarter
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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.
N/A
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