The Aston Martin DB5 burst onto the automotive scene in 1963, it was a development of the previous DB4 Series five vantage model which it replaced. Available as both sports saloon or convertible, the DB5 was slightly longer and also heavier than its predecessor. The weight gain was as a result of significant improvements including the fitting of an alternator, tinted glass and electric windows as standard. However, the weight disadvantage was more than made up for by the 4 litre motor fitted to DB5's which produced 282 bhp. Early cars were fitted with a four speed gearbox but had the option of three speed automatic, or a five speed ZF manual unit. The five speed gearbox soon became standard equipment on all DB5 cars. In 1964 the DB5 found fame as the transport of a certain James Bond in the film Goldfinger, making it probably the best known of all Aston Martin models. After the production of just 898 cars the DB5 was replaced in 1965 by the DB6.
It can certainly be said that the DB5 combines the best features and looks of all the DB models helping perhaps make it the most desirable and sought after Aston of all time. This example, WGR 666, has been subjected to a total restoration over the last decade. First delivered (as a UK car) in March 1964, WGR 666 is presented in its original specification of Caribbean pearl with dark blue leather interior and a 5 speed gearbox. Copies of the original old-style log book are contained within the history file.
For a 22 year period WGR 666 was owned by a Mr Walton of Cheshire who used and enjoyed the car immensely from 1986 until 2008. Between 1993 and 2000 a full chassis and mechanical restoration was undertaken at which point the engine, brakes and suspension were upgraded to superior specification including Cosworth pistons (4.2 Litre), vantage spec camshafts, gas flowed carburettors and many other high quality modifications were carried out whilst the engine was apart. At this time major attention was made to the chassis where necessary including new inner and outer sills. Following completion of these items WGR 666 was used sparingly until 2007 when the decision was made to strip the bodywork to bare metal and carry out a body restoration. At this time it was noted the Aluminium was in excellent undamaged condition and with minor works, restoration and preparation (all to the highest level) the car was repainted in its original colour to a superb finish which remains today. At this time the engine was also stripped and inspected (some 6,000 miles had been covered since the large rebuild) and reassembled. All chrome work was reconditioned as part of the body restoration and again this remains in superb condition.
WGR 666 represents an opportunity to purchase an excellent example of this iconic model presented in its original combination having been fully restored to a very high standard incorporating some notable and excellent modifications to further improve the drivability of the vehicle. Please note, unlike many this car retains its original engine block, gearbox and axle. During 2010 the car benefited from a £13,000 thorough service at the Aston Martin factory including a full suspension, gearbox and axle overhaul leaving it practically faultless. Since then the car has been maintained by DK and has had very light usage. The car is today ready to be enjoyed by the next owner.
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