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Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 is a model that was produced by English concern from 1963 to 1965 years. There is hardly more recognizable model in collection of Aston Martin than the DB5. After all, the complex government missions by charismatic agent James Bond were performed in it. Cult films largely contributed to the popularization of this model and we are glad to describe its features in Aston Martin DB5 Review.

Historical Reference

Aston Martin DB5 was released to the market after the previous modification of the DB4, which has been very successful in terms of sales - the company assembled 1040 of these vehicles. It is worth noting that almost all of the changes that have occurred to it touched the power unit, while the exterior and interior have remained almost intact.

Regarding the model name, it comes from the initials of David Brown, the owner of the company that saved the group in difficult times - DB. In the book, Bond had to drive the model Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III, but DB5 at the time was the latest development of the company, so it was decided to use it. Moreover, it appears on the screens including the new Bond movie – “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Casino Royale”.


The exterior of the car was almost perfect. The designers managed to combine its fashionable sportiness, noble style and a hallmark of the brand. It proved to be much more attractive and spectacular than the models of the company of recent years.

The body of DB5 became more rapid and aggressive, with the traditional round form panels. The front of Aston Martin DB5 was decorated with a huge, mesh grille of trapezoidal shape, like a gaping “mouth” of the predator. The front bumper was traditionally chromed and had slightly curved shape.

On the side the car was no less charismatic - big front wings, with spectacular cutouts and decorative elements on the sides, add the Aston Martin DB5 swiftness. The doors had almost rectangular shape with the same window frame which made a perfect combination with lowered roof on the back. Oval rear glass looked very impressive and elegant as well as stepped boot lid underneath.


As the base engine in the Aston Martin DB5, the engineers decided to use the power unit, which was installed optionally on the previous model DB4 and was available in 1962, abandoning the standard 3.7-liter engine. It appeared to be a 4-liter 4.0 Tadek Marek, naturally-aspirated engine with 6 cylinders and 24-ring valves and row layout.

Thanks to the 3-type carburetors Skinners Union its power was equal to 286 that could be obtained at 5500 rpm. The torque of 390 Nm reached peaks at 3850 rpm. These figures allowed the motor accelerate the car up to a hundred in just 8 seconds, and a maximum speed was 230 km / h.

Engine DB5 Vantage - in this modification, which was introduced in 1964, the engine was redesigned - it has received a new camshaft profiles, as well as three two-chamber carburettor type Webber 45DCOE. As a result of the modernization the power increased significantly - up to 325 that allowed accelerating to hundred in 6.5 seconds.


3 gearboxes were available for the buyer of Aston Martin DB5. The basic model was assembled with 4-speed manual transmission. However, this gearbox was set in DB5 not for long - very soon it was replaced by a new, 5-step “mechanics” ZF. Moreover, optional automatic transmission was available, but only the 3-speed.

Aston Martin DB5 was only rear-wheel drive, which became traditional for this model. Chassis was tuned for active driving, and was carried out in the form of an independent suspension on the front axle and the rear spring. This arrangement, combined with the power steering, disc brakes on both axles, as well as 15-inch wheels, provided great control with fast and precise reactions.


The interior of Aston Martin DB5 was made simply luxurious. It was both functional and charming. From the previous model the car took three-spoke steering wheel with a dashboard behind it. There were large scales of the speedometer and tachometer, and another 5 small analog pointers - oil pressure, fuel level, coolant and others. That's not counting the other lights and indicators scattered throughout the panel.

The center console is made quite simple and even a bit austere. Its top is crowned by the clock, and radio is below. The seats were traditionally very comfortable, with a ribbed surface, although lateral support is expressed rather weakly. There were also no head restraints in Aston Martin DB5. Rear seats were not very spacious; however, adolescents and children could fit without problems.

Basic equipment possessed power accessories, leather upholstery, fire extinguisher, chrome wheels and woolen carpets.

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