The Aston Martin DB5 was a spicier version of the DB4. The main difference between the two was the engine size, which was increased from 3.7L to 4.0L for the DB5. The Aston Martin DB5 also saw the addition of a five-speed transmission and three carburetors. The Aston Martin DB5 was only produced from 1963 to 1965; making it a collector's dream. This is why finding an Aston Martin DB5 for sale is so difficult.
The standard DB5, with the 4.0-liter I-6, developed 282 hp at 5,500 rpm and 288 lb-ft of torque at 3,850 rpm. Combined with a modest weight of 3,310 pounds, the DB5 was capable of going from zero-to-60 mph in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 141 mph. A DB5 Vanatage was introduced in 1964. Only 65 of the 3145-lb, 325-hp Vantage coupes were built. A special convertible version of the DB5 was built between 1963 and 1965. Only 123 were ever produced and of those, only 19 were left-hand drive.
The DB5 was possibly the most famous automobile in the world during the 1960s when Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond became box office hits. No one can forget the scene where the highly-modified 1964 model Aston Martin was presented by gadgetmeister Q to Bond complete with .30-caliber Browning machine guns behind the front indicators.
Not only did the car set the imagination of a generation in motion, it was probably the most successful product placement in history. When Flemming wrote Goldfinger, Bond was driving a DB Mk III but by the time the film was being made, the DB4 had been introduced and the DB5 was under development. The producers approached Aston Martin, the prototype DB5 was offered, and eventually four complete cars were made.
Part of the collector allure around the Aston Martin DB5 is, of course, its starring role in the James Bond movies. It was used or made a guest appearance in such Bond films as Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Casino Royale.
Even during the period of time in which it was built, the DB5 was like a dinosaur compared to other modern autos. In the 60s, most cars had air conditioning and power steering, the DB5 did not. By today’s standards, the DB5 is more truck-like than sports car.