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Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 (United Kingdom, 1963-1965)

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In 1963, Aston Martin debuted the DB5, which would be more of an improvement of its predecessor, the DB4.
The ‘Grand Tourer’ sports car became famous for being the first car to be used on the successful movie sequel ‘James Bond’, driven by Sean Connery. A sole generation of this car was produced, from 1963 to 1965.



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History, Development and General Characteristics

The DB5 is the sports car that Aston Martin released in 1963 and became famous for its participation on the very first ‘James Bond’ movie. This was actually a part of Aston Martin’s new marketing strategy when the company left the racing world, which resulted on a great publicity for the DB5.
A very limited and more powerful edition, the DB5 Vantage, was made in just 65 copies.
When production of the DB5 ceased, in 1965, 1024 cars had been built, from which only 123 were convertible.



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Engine and Transmission

The rear-wheel drive Aston Martin DB5 came with a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter front engine.
This car delivered 282 hp, except for the Vantage limited edition that produced 314 hp. The DB5 could reach 143 mi/h ( 230 km/h) as top speed.
Its transmission was based on a 5-speed manual gearbox.



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Chassis

Tubular frame.   Platform   Suspension The DB5’s front suspension is built on double wishbones with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is based on a live axle with trailing arms, coil springs, lever-arm dampers and Watts linkage.   Steering Rack-and-pinion.   Brakes Girling discs.



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Body and Design

This Aston Martin sports car could be purchased whether as a coupé or a convertible model, but always as a 4-seater 2-door car.
The DB5 came with an aluminum-built body shell.



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