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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2011 10 James Bond Aston Martins Page 2

Excerpted from the RM Auctions catalog description:

This 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is equipped with a 282-h.p., 3,995-c.c. DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU carburetors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, live rear axle with Watt linkage, radius rods and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,490 m.m.

• Offered from the Collection of a Swiss Gentleman

• A rare, original left-hand drive example equipped with factory air conditioning

• Accompanied by a copy of the original build sheet and a BMIHT certificate

• Offered for the first time from a significant private Swiss collection

Aston Martin developed and released the all-new DB4 in 1958 alongside the final DB2-derived DB Mark III. The following year, the company received a Royal Warrant of Appointment from HRH Prince Philip and took both overall victory at Le Mans and the World Sports Car Constructor's Championship the year after. A highly advanced design, the DB4 heralded the arrival of the brilliant new Tadek Marek-designed, all-aluminium 3.7-liter engine and a new platform-frame chassis, clothed in beautifully hand-formed aluminium coachwork designed by Touring of Milan and constructed using their patented Superleggera (super light) process. A huge advance, the DB4 evolved through five sub-variants profoundly influenced the Aston Martin line through 1969 while nonetheless retaining the distinctive flavor of its predecessors.

The DB5 arrived in the autumn 1963, essentially an advanced development of the "Series V" DB4 and distinguished primarily by its larger, more powerful four-liter engine, along with triple SU carburetors as standard. In standard tune, this engine was rated at 282 horsepower. After approximately the first 50 cars, the DB5 was upgraded with the sturdy, all-synchromesh ZF five-speed gearbox as standard equipment, in place of the David Brown-produced four-speed. The DB5 maintained the 98-inch (2,490-m.m.) wheelbase, pressed steel platform chassis, DOHC six-cylinder engine configuration, and choice of four-seat coupe or convertible bodies of its predecessor.

The DB5 differed in many other