The Aston Martin DB5 is an icon and a perfect example of superlative design – by Italian coachbuilder Touring. Hexagon Classics is proud to offer for sale a stunning DB5, previously owned by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan and and presented in fully restored condition.
Back in the day, the DB5 appealed to Hollywood actors, business magnates, and royalty. Arguably the most famous and loved Aston Martin ever made, the DB5 is one of the most desirable classic cars in the world. Over the years, it has made several starring roles in movies, its screen debut being in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
Supplied new on 7th February 1964 by official Aston Martin agents Mill Car Garages of County Durham to Levey’s Wallpaper Stores of Walstead, Northumberland, the DB5 at Hexagon Classics was ordered by a Mr D Levey who specified the colour of Goodwood Green.
In 1986 chassis number DB5/1406/4 was bought by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan for his personal use in Switzerland. At the point of export, His Highness commissioned a detailed restoration. The Aga Khan held ownership of the DB5 until February 1998 when he sold it to another Geneva resident who kept the vehicle for some 16 years until it was acquired by Hexagon Classics in 2015.
Since then, it has undergone a complete restoration that has included a full repaint in the originally manufactured colour of Goodwood Green and an interior re-trim in the original colour option of Connolly Leather Natural Hide. This re-trim has also included new, period-correct Beige Wilton carpets.
Under the skin, the DB5’s 4.0-litre straight-six-cylinder engine has had a mechanical refurbishment completed by Aston Martin specialists, Pugsley & Lewis Ltd, according to Hexagon. Quite what this refurbishment entails hasn’t been detailed, but we are assured that it is now capable of running on unleaded fuel (how modern!), and it also gets a new clutch, some new Avon Radial tyres, and new 15in Chromium wire wheels.
Further features include an engine compartment & vehicle underside prepared to concours standards. Which means it’s probably got somewhere close to the 282bhp and 280lb ft of torque Aston claimed it had in 1964. So equipped, it could deal with the 0-60mph sprint in 7.1secs, and rock on to a top speed of 142mph. But it’d be rude to do it in a car of such grandeur.
Accompanying this car is a comprehensive service history file which includes the Factory Build Sheet and all works invoices detailing the 1986 restoration and those just completed. The documentation also includes a 1964 Aston Martin Factory Brochure, Aston Martin DB5 Owner’s Manual and original factory jack among other items. The car will be sold with a full MOT and 12-month warranty.
This is, without doub,t one of the finest Aston Martin DB5s currently on sale anywhere in the world. Not only has it been the subject of a meticulous restoration but it also has a very prestigious previous owner. DB5s in such condition and with such provenance are very rare indeed. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase an outstanding example of a true British motoring icon.
Paul Michaels, chairman of Hexagon Classics
But as it’s often the case with classic cars from this era, DB5s aren’t cheap at all. This specimen is priced at £799,995, a bundle of pounds sterling that translates to just over $1 million at current exchange rates. It’s a very beautiful thing, though; miles prettier than Aston’s present-day model.
Sadruddin Aga Khan’s former Aston Martin DB5 is available to view now at Hexagon Classics’ flagship showroom in north London. Come into the beautiful world of Hexagon Classics.