Ultra-rare iconic Aston Martins trio for sale
The Aston Martin DB5 is best known as a James Bond coupe, but Aston also made convertible and Shoot Brake versions. Specialty dealer Nicholas Mee & Co. now offers a set of every body style, with an asking price of £ 4million (around $ 5.6million).
All three cars are the high performance DB5 Vantage model. Of the 1,021 DB5s built between July 1963 and September 1965, only 66 were Vantage, the seller noted in a press release. This included 60 coupes, five convertibles and a single shooting brake.
In the Vantage models, the output of the DB5’s 4.0-liter in-line-6 has been increased by 40 hp, to a new total of 322 hp. This allowed an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, according to the seller, which is not very fast by today’s standards, but was quite impressive in the mid-1960s.
Trio Aston Martin DB5 (Photo by Nicholas Mee & Co.)
This package includes the only DB5 Vantage Shooting Brake. The idea came from Aston Martin chairman David Brown (the “DB” in “DB5”), who wanted a car that could accommodate his hunting dog and polo gear, according to the seller. This car (bodied by London coachbuilder Harold Radford & Sons) went to a dealership before being sold to its first owner.
The shooting brake is finished in California Sage with a red interior, while the convertible is finished in Caribbean Pearl Blue with a gold interior and roof. The DB5 Coupe has the famous Silver Birch exterior and black interior, as does the iconic “Goldfinger” movie car.
While this trio is priced high, it should be noted that only one James Bond DB5 (built as a promotional car for “Thunderball”) sold for $ 6.3 million at auction in 2019. Aston builds also 25 new “Goldfinger” continuation cars, complete with gadgets, and priced at over $ 3 million each.