Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin
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Production 1963 - 1965
1024 produced
Class Grand Tourer
Sports Car
Body Style 2-door FR layout coupe
2-door FR layout convertible
Length 4570 mm (179.9 in)
Width 1678 mm (66.1 in)
Height 1376 mm (54.2 in)
Weight 3450 lb (1565 kg)
Transmission transmission + drive
Engine 4.0 litre (3995 cc/243 in³) Tadek Marek Inline-6
Power 282 hp (210 kW) @ 5500 rpm
288 lb-ft (390 Nm) of torque @ 3850 rpm
Similar similar (competition)
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 was an improved DB4. The DB5 is famous for being the first and most recognised James Bond car, it has been featured in several films most notably: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.

The principal differences between the DB4 and DB5 are (i) the engine — the DB5's was enlarged from 3.7 L to 4.0 L, (ii) the addition of a five-speed transmission, and (iii) three SU carburettors, producing 282 hp (210 kW), propelling the car to 141 mph (238 km/h).

Standard equipment on the DB5 included reclining seats, pile carpets, electric windows and a fire extinguisher. All models had 4 seats and 2 doors. The UK recommended list price of the sports saloon (coupe) in December 1963 was £4,248 including Purchase Tax, the convertible was £4,562.

A very unusual DB5 was the "shooting brake" station wagon, a dozen of which were produced by independent coachbuilder, Harold Radford. A design flaw with the station wagon was that there was no change to the rear suspension. Drivers of the shooting brake would find this out when the load in the rear shifted at high speed in a corner with a resultant loss of control.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Aston Martin DB5 Review.

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DB5 Vantage[]

The high-performance DB5 Vantage was introduced in 1964 and featured three Weber carburettors. This engine produced 314 hp (234 kW). Only 65 DB5 Vantage coupes were built.

DB5 Convertible[]

Just 123 convertible DB5s were produced, though they never used the typical "Volante" name. The convertible was offered from 1963 through to 1965. Only 19 of the 123 DB5 Convertibles made were LHD.


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The Aston Martin DB5 is the most famous Aston Martin car due to its use by James Bond in Goldfinger (1964). Although Ian Fleming had placed Bond in a DB Mark III in the novel, the DB5 was the company's newest model when the film was being made. The car used in the film was the original DB5 prototype, with another standard car used for stunts. Two more modified cars were built for publicity tours after the film's release. In January 2006, one of those cars was auctioned in Arizona for US$2,090,000. The same car was originally bought in 1970 for £5,000 from the owner, Sir Anthony Bamford, by a Tennessee museum owner.[1] The other car is located in the Netherlands in the Louwman Collection Museum.

When the movie came out in Asia, especially India, the car's name was incorrectly communicated as "DB2E3". The wrong name was reinforced when the replica of the car from the movie went on tour. The DB5 was unintentionally thought of as a version of the earlier DB2 and hence was known by the moniker DB2E3. While many think that "E" refers to Edition, it actually refers to the chassis model as part of the chassis naming system that automakers once used. As time passed, DB2E3 became an established reference, at least in India and parts of Asia, as a synonym for a DB5. Today, most car enthusiasts will not recognize the model DB2E3, instead preferring the official name of DB5.

Within the universe of James Bond, the same car was used again in the following film, Thunderball (registration BMT 216A). A different Aston Martin DB5 (registration BMT 214A) was used in the 1995 Bond film, GoldenEye in which three different DB5s were used for filming. The BMT 214A also returned in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and was set to make a cameo at Castle Thane in The World Is Not Enough (1999), but the scene was cut. Yet another DB5 appeared in Casino Royale (2006), this one with the steering wheel on the left side versus the previous British versions.

For Goldfinger, the car featured a number of "optional extras", as Q reveals to Bond:

  • Front firing Browning .30 caliber machine guns behind the front indicators
  • Retractable blades in the tire spinners
  • Rising bullet-proof rear screen
  • Radio telephone
  • Radar scanner and tracking screen
  • Passenger ejector seat
  • Oil slick spray from rear light cluster
  • Caltrops from rear light cluster
  • Smoke screen from exhaust pipes
  • Revolving number plates — "BMT 216A" UK, "4711-EA-62" France, and "LU 6789" Switzerland
  • Front and rear extending rams
  • Gun cabinet under driver's seat
  • Bullet-proof windshield and rear windscreen

A rear water cannon was added for Thunderball.

The first DB5 prototype used in Goldfinger with the chassis number DP/216/1 was later stripped of its weaponry and gadgetry by Aston Martin and then resold. It was then retrofitted by subsequent owners with nonoriginal weaponry. The Chassis DP/216/1 DB5 was stolen in 1997 from its last owner in Florida and is currently still missing.[2]

The DB5 is destroyed during the finale of the movie Skyfall but the car that was actually destroyed for filming was a Porsche 928


  • The DB5 has the dubious honour of being the slowest car ever in the Top Gear Power Laps segment with a time of 1 minute 46 seconds exactly until recently when the Lancia Stratos got an even slower time.
  • Ian Fleming actually referred to the Aston Martin DB Mark III throughout the novel "Goldfinger" incorrectly as an Aston Martin DBIII
  • There are a number of "Goldfinger" Aston Martin DB5s - one of them actually started life as a DB4 Vantage. A new production DB5 was used for close up shots whereas the gadgetery was added to a prototype DB5 which had originally started life as the DB4 Vantage. After the film was made there were also a number of publicity DB5s. These can be identified as they have the DB5 badge on the sides whereas the cars in the film did not.
  • Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin use a DB5 in the first-ever MB comic strip La Machine, published in 1963, and therefore pre-dating Bond's use of the car.


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Prodrive Ltd.

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Current Models: Vantage · Vantage Volante · DB11 · DBX · DBS Superleggera · Valkyrie

Historic cars: DB1 · DB2 · DB3 · DB2/4 · DB Mark III · DB4 · DB4 GT Zagato · DB5 · DB6 · DBS (1967) · V8 · DB7 · V12 Vantage · DB7 Zagato · DB AR1 · Lagonda · Lagonda Rapide · Virage · Vanquish · DB9 · DBS · V8 Vantage · One-77 · Rapide · Cygnet · V12 Zagato

Racing/Competition: DB3 · DBSS · DBR1 · DBR2 · DBR3 · DBR4 · DBR5 · DP212 · DP214 · DP215 · Nimrod · AMR1 · DBR9 · DBRS9 · Rally GT · Vantage GT2 · Vantage GT4 · B09/60 ·AMR-One · Rapide 24h Nurburgring · Vantage GTE (2018) · AMR21 · AMR22

Concept cars: AM4 · Jet · Bulldog · Jet 2 · Lagonda Vignale · Vanquish Zagato Roadster · 20/20 · AMV8 Vantage · Rapide Concept · V12 Vantage RS Concept · Cygnet Concept

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