Aston Martin DB5 film: Grand Touring the English way

Published on Friday, April 26, 2019.
Updated on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Who has not dreamed of being James Bond?  Or just to be simply an English Lord? If that’s your case, then the Aston Martin DB5 is for you. In the 1960s, British automobiles saw their age of glory with the Jaguar Mk2 & E-Type, the MG & Triumph roadsters, the Mini and eventually the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, but it is undoubtedly the DB5 that marked minds the most.

In 1963, the legendary boss of Aston Martin, David Brown, presented the new DB5 to the public.  Evolving from the DB4, it was an affirmation of the pursuit of an English version of Grand Tourism  thanks to a slightly extended wheelbase.

Like its predecessor, the line was signed by Touring, applying its famous Superleggera process to lighten the car.  In addition, it received a revised version of the inline DOHC 6 cylinder engine developed by Tadek Marek, increasing to a displacement of 4 litres and producing 286 bhp, making it such a great mount for long-distance trips, a grand tourer, more than a sportscar, although it is often put up against the other star of the time, the Ferrari 275 GTB introduced a year later.

We had the chance to test one of the 1,021 DB5 manufactured between 1963 and 1965. Produced near the very end of 1963, it is one of the very first Aston Martin DB5 produced in Newport Pagnell.

(The film is in French but English subtitles are available)



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