1966 Aston Martin DB5

Base Coupe
£440,000 ($609,048)
Not sold at a high bid of
£580,000 - £700,000
Est. Range
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. DB52212R; Engine no. 4002206. Autumn Gold over red leather. RHD, 3995/282hp, 5-speed ZF gearbox, chrome wire wheels, power steering, air conditioning, tool roll and radio manual, pushbutton radio.

Evaluation: Represented as a matching numbers car built in July 1966, which was several months after DB5 production officially ended but the reason for this car’s construction is unknown. Restored in the mid-1980s in its original colours and with the engine rebuilt at the factory in 1995 with a replacement block stamped to the original number.

Good older paint that is holding up well other than some small bubbles on a leading edge of the drivers’ front wheel arch. The surface lacquer is also peeling on the driver’s rear quarter wing top area. Good chrome work is let down by dusty wheels and marks on the knock-ons. The rear lights are due for a refresh, and the headlamps have dust ingress. Good grille with minor imperfections. The seat leather trim is top quality but aged and sagging. The carpets are similar. The engine fairs better and looks well maintained. This is a driver-quality DB5 in unusual but intriguing colours.

Bottom Line: What’s also intriguing is this DB5’s build date, but there’s no confirmed story there that would actually make the car more desirable or valuable. The bidders weren’t generous with this car recognizing it for the flawed car with a replacement block that it is. But they were fair, and at the reported high bid it could have gone to a new home.

by Andrew Newton
20 July 2021
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