‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ trio of Aston DB5s up for grabs

By: Jason Woosey

The Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Coupe is an automotive icon that’s well known to anyone with an affinity for James Bond films. And as scarce as it is, with just 1 000 ever having been produced, it actually has a pair of even rarer siblings in the form of the DB5 Shooting Brake and Convertible models.

But what if you could own all three?

That is now a distinct possibility if you have £4 million (R77,2 million) burning a hole in your back pocket as a UK-based Aston Martin specialist called Nicholas Mee & Co is putting this “once-in-a-lifetime” trio up for sale.

Aston Martin DB5 Vantage
Collected over a 12-year period, never before have these three been offered as a collection.

The DB5 Vantage Coupe, Shooting Brake and Convertible models that you see here have been fully restored “to the very highest standards” by leading Aston Martin restoration specialists, and they also come with full ownership documentation and restoration records, detailing the stories of each car from their build dates to now.

The Shooting Brake is the rarest car here as only one was ever built, despite there being demand for more at the time of its launch in 1966. Back then its aluminium body was hand-built by coachbuilders Harold Radford & Sons. 

The Shooting Brake is a one-off creation.

The DB5 Vantage Convertible is also considered to be an icon of the ‘swinging sixties’, and a total of 123 of them were built, but the car featured here is one of only five that were built to Vantage specification. 

The Coupe, of course, needs no introduction, but it’s worth noting that the example offered here is finished in the same colour combination as the 007 car.

Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Coupe
The DB5 Coupe needs no introduction.

For the record, the DB5 Vantage models were powered by a 4-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 240 kW, which was a very wholesome figure for the time, and a good 30 kW more than the standard DB5s. Its 6,5 second 0-96 km/h sprint must have felt like lightning speed at the time.

“Collected over a 12-year period, never before have these three most coveted examples been offered as a collection,” a Nicholas Mee & Co spokesperson enthused.

The cars have been fully restored by Aston Martin specialists.

“Every one of them has been fully restored to the very highest standards by leading Aston Martin restoration specialists, allowing them to be enjoyed in as-new condition.”

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