We hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. I did… well, almost. Chasing Classic Cars on DVD was very nice, but boy would I have liked to have awakened to the sound of this sitting in my driveway. The guys at Gullwing are good at digging up this sort of machinery, but they don’t let it go cheap. They were feeling generous over Christmas though so their 1965 Aston Martin DB5 has had its $425k asking price dropped to $395k. Still not a bargain, but they do claim it is a survivor.
We will attempt to refrain from making any references to the movie franchise that made these cars famous. Gullwing may find some interesting stuff, but they are not good at writing descriptions for their cars. Four sentences for a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. I guess you will want to hire an expert to take a look anyway when that sort of money is involved. They do claim that it is unrestored and that it has been in the hands of the same owner since the 80s. Sounds like our kind of car.
Silver over red is a great combination and adds some flair over the more common black interior. The nicely worn leather looks so amazing that it is hard to believe that this car has not been refreshed in 47 years. This cabin looks like it would be a nice place to stay over the winter. The shift knob is supposedly connected to a four speed gearbox, but we always thought Astons had five speeds by this time. Can anyone verify this?
We do know that this inline-six offered 4 liters and enough power to take this brute up to 145 mph. It was a great engine and with three SU carburetors fitted it produced 282 horsepower. Aston Martin may have been a British brand, but the engine was designed by a Polish guy by the name of Tadeusz Marek. He was responsible for many of their great engines including a V8 which was used from 1968 to 2000 without any major changes.
It is unlikely that we will ever be good enough to convince Big Red to bring us one of these, but it’s fun to dream. So, how was that new Bond flick anyway? Sorry, couldn’t resist…