1965 Aston Martin DB5

Bonhams: The Bond Street Sale
Saturday, 4 December 2021
£586,200 ($775,777)
Sale Price
£500,000 - £600,000
Est. Range
4 December 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
RHD. Chassis no. DB51845R. Engine enlarged to 4.2 liters, 5-speed, chrome wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel, power steering, Motorota pushbutton radio, tool roll and radio manual.

Evaluation: Represented as a matching numbers car with only four owners from new. Off the road for 32 years until 2014, then underwent a four-year, £400,000 restoration by specialist Rikki Cann. The paint on this DB5 is essentially perfect. Every contour and panel is smoothly finished. The panel fitment is correct. The engine and underside are detailed and shiny, as are all the exterior trim pieces and chrome. The wheels, suspension, and even the badges all look new as well, as does the exterior glass and the seat leather. This has to be among the best DB5s in the country.

Bottom Line: While prices have softened a bit in recent years, DB5s have long been valuable cars. Few of them, however, are this clean or this fresh. A further distinction are the rarely seen but attractive colors on this car, and it’s almost refreshing to see one that isn’t finished in 007-spec silver-over-black. Realistically estimated and realistically bought, this was the most expensive lot at the Bond Street sale this year and it deserved to be.

by Andrew Newton
14 December 2021
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