Often cited as the most beautiful car in the world, the DB5 is the aspiration of many a gentleman. Its timeless elegance and undeniable quality helped propel this particular Aston to the status of ‘Most recognised James Bond car’. Here we take a look why we love the DB5 so much.
Released in 1963 the DB5 encapsulated the way we still think of Astons Martins today. Incredible style and sophistication combined with brute force, much like the James Bond character the car is synonymous with. The connection with bond has stood the test of time with the DB5 making appearances with Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, right up the the latest incarnation of Bond in Casino Royale.
The DB5 was not a new car for 1963, with Aston Martin preferring to revamp the DB4 which had been in production since 1958. It did however have some nice features for the era. Disc brakes and electric windows were ultra modern, unfortunately Aston Martin resisted updating the drive to the latest independent rear suspension (IRS) preferring to stick with the old solid axle. The DB5 is much happier on straighter roads than racing round a mountain pass, although Bond clearly new how to get the best out of one – seen here in the clip from the Bond film ‘Goldeneye’ where our hero races a Ferrari 355 to good effect. Oh the magic of the big screen….
Aston Martin DB5 vs Ferrari 355
Bonds Q branch modifications:
Extending bumper overriders
Twin Browning machine guns (Front)
Wheel scythes (rear)
Bullet proof screen (rear)
Ejector seat (passenger)
Oil spray (rear)
Smoke screen (rear)
Revolving number plates
The Telegraph’s review
In researching this post I found the most charming review of by Andrew English of the Telegraph. I have included his video below.
The Aston Martin DB5 is such an iconic car that even today they still command huge prices (one that featured in the 60’s Bond movies sold for £2.6m). This will ensure a level of exclusivity that is fitting for such a car. The assault on you senses is relentless. It looks beautiful, sounds throaty and powerful, the smell of the well worn leather and walnut is intoxicating. Most of all, it fills you with a sense of wonder. I am still yet to find anyone who is not completely captivated by this true style icon.