1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
MAKE + MODEL: Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
ENGINE: 4.2L Straight Six
CHASSIS NUMBER: DB5C/2119/R
PAINT: Sierra Blue
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible - One of 123 examples constructed of this iconic model, a late production example and fully restored by marque exponents R.S.Williams.
Supplied new by Aston Martin main agents H.R Owen on 10th November 1965 to Mr Robert.C.Taylor of Trevor Place, London SW7, delivered in Sierra Blue coachwork with Grey hides and matching everflex hood
The fifth from last DB5 Convertible constructed from a total of 123 examples, this late production example was maintained by the works until January 1967 before being sold via HR Owen in 1968 to the second owner who reputedly part exchanged his Ex Alan Mann race prepared Ford Mustang as part of the sale
In 1969 the DB5C was sold to Mr Geoff Budge for the princely sum of £2000. The next recorded owner was Mr Stanley Cale of Cleckheaton (exact date of purchase unknown) and then Anthony Gorst Howarth, who purchased the car in May 1989
According to a letter written by Mr Gorst Howarth held on file, at that time the Aston was in a state of partial restoration, having been off the road ‘garaged for at least ten years’. The car was not running but apparently required no chassis work, though there were some electrolysis to steel parts. The hood fabric had been removed, as had the chrome trim, which was in boxes. The valve gear was noisy so Mr Howarth replaced the valves and cylinder head gasket himself. Low oil pressure when hot led to Mr Howarth having the engine bottom end rebuilt. During his ownership the car was repainted in 1993 and a new hood was fitted at the same time
Mr David Preece acquired the car on 1st May 1996 and it is known to have covered 74,680 miles by 15th October 1999. The previous owner, Mr David Tringham, acquired the DB5C on 21st November 2005. Fewer than 3,000 miles had been covered over the course of his 15 ownership, and only some 300 between July 2011 and June 2014, when the total stood at 77,518
Retained by Mr Tringham until late 2015, whereupon we supplied to the DB5C to the current owner who immediately commissioned leading marque experts R.S.Williams to undertake a total body-off restoration to the highest ‘concours level’ standards
The restoration was completed between 2016-19 and no stone was left unturned, the body was removed and completely restored along with the chassis. Every mechanical aspect of the car was rebuilt and the engine benefitted from the RSW 4.2L upgrade, resulting in superb performance and excellent torque figures
The suspension was upgraded to latest RSW specification, a new wiring loom was fitted and the car was completely retrimmed in correct VM3393 Connoly hides with an Everflex hood and Grey 911 carpets. The coachwork was taken to bare metal and refinished in the original shade of Sierra Blue. The vendor also specified an upgraded Alpine hi-fi system, discreetly fitted behind the main front speaker grille ‘007 style’ with DAB/Bluetooth/Sat Nav/Telephone capabilities
The fully documented restoration exceeded a total cost of GBP 400,000, resulting in one of the very finest and well sorted DB5 Convertibles on the planet. Restored true to its original specification with the benefit of some discreet modern enhancements, this DB5C is exceptionally beautiful to look at, even better to drive and was very well received at the 2019 Concours Of Elegance at Hampton Court where it was driven by HRH Prince Michael of Kent
This late production DB5C is supplied with a comprehensive historical file, fully documented restoration invoices and original build sheet. Absolutely ready to be enjoyed by its future custodian, in the words of Tina Turner, this DB5C is ‘Simply the best!’
Dylan Miles specialises in the sale and acquisition of vintage and sports cars with a main focus on Aston Martin and other interesting European and American sportscars from the 1950s-80s.
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Their headquarters are in West Sussex, just a few minutes from Gatwick airport, where they display their stock within their twenty car showroom, which can be visited by prior appointment.
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