Style Icon – Aston Martin DB5

1964 Aston Martin DB5

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.

Driving it

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

Vital Statistics:

1964 Aston Martin DB5 forward
Production: 1963 – 1965
Price when new:£4,248
Engine: 4.0L Inline 6 cyllinder
Power: 282 BHP @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 288 lb/ft @ 3850 rpm
Top speed: 145 MPH
0-60 mph: 7.1 s
Fuel economy: 17.6mpg

Standard features:

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Front
Magnesium-alloy body
ZF five-speed transmission
Electric windows
Superleggera construction
Full leather interior
Walnut Dashboard

Bonds Q branch modifications:

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Rear
Extending bumper overriders
Twin Browning machine guns (Front)
Wheel scythes (rear)
Bullet proof screen (rear)
Ejector seat (passenger)
Oil spray (rear)
Smoke screen (rear)
Radar scanner
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.

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