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Hilton and Moss, the top classic and performance car specialist and classic sales and restoration partners for the Masters of Motoring, has a rare opportunity for any classic lover of one of the worlds prestigious marques by offering four renowned examples of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 for sale simultaneously.

Hilton & Moss, a renowned expert in classic cars sales and restoration, presents an impressive selection of DB5s. Offering a range of options, customers can choose from a fully restored Silver Birch model, a distinguished ‘Pacific Blue’ one, or a recently renovated ‘California Sage’ green car.

For those who prefer to customize their own DB5, there is also an option available. The fourth car on offer is a blank canvas- a stripped back DB5 shell that has been meticulously prepared for a complete restoration in the Hilton & Moss workshops. Every aspect, including engine specifications, paint fleck options, and carpet stitching colors, can be personally tailored to meet the customer’s specific desires. This presents an exceptional chance to bring their dream DB5 to life.

Background on the DB5

The Aston Martin DB5, commonly hailed as ‘the most famous car in the world’, has achieved icon status due to its memorable appearance as the trusty vehicle of secret agent James Bond. Its debut in 1964’s Goldfinger sparked widespread admiration and it has since made multiple appearances, including its most recent role in No Time to Die (2021), garnering a devoted following. Today, in 2024, the DB5 remains just as beloved and renowned as it was during its initial release.

In 1963, the DB5 made its debut as an updated model of the beloved DB4, which had marked a significant milestone for Aston Martin upon its release in 1958. Crafted by hand at the fresh Newport Pagnell location, only 1059 units of the DB5 were produced during its brief two-year run.

Beneath the effortlessly stylish aluminium exterior, designed by Touring of Milan, the DB5 boasted an upgraded 4.0-litre Tadek Marek in-line six engine. In standard form, it delivered 282bhp, while the high-performance ‘Vantage’ version put out an impressive 314bhp with the help of Triple Weber Carburetors. Customers could also opt for a ZF 5-speed manual transmission, a significant improvement over the 4-speed DB4. The car’s performance was exceptional for its time – the standard model could reach speeds close to 150mph, while the limited edition Vantage (only 65 were produced) had even more power and could easily surpass that mark.

The stunningly chic DB5 was a huge success, captivating not only Bond but also the wealthy and well-known. Throughout time, esteemed individuals such as Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Jay Kay, Ralph Lauren and Elle Macpherson have all owned this iconic British symbol of culture and design. The DB5 continues to be highly sought after by collectors worldwide.

The DB5 Collection at Hilton & Moss.

At Hilton and Moss, you can find a range of DB5 models in the timeless ‘James Bond’ style. These cars feature Silver Birch paint and luxurious Black Connolly leather interiors. One of these cars was originally owned by actor Dick Emery and was sold by Aston Martin’s oldest dealership, now known as H.W.M. Aston Martin. Recently, this car underwent a full body-off restoration as well as some discreet upgrades such as improved suspension, a Becker Mexico Retro entertainment system, air-conditioning, and selectable power steering. To top it off, the engine was rebuilt to 4.2-litre factory Vantage specification by Aston Martin Works for a hefty price of £57,000. This particular model boasts the classic color combination and is in excellent condition, perfect for driving or displaying at a car show.

The second car features a distinctive combination of Pacific Blue paint with a black leather interior. Originally delivered in April of 1965, it was equipped with the highly coveted 5-speed manual transmission and has been owned by passionate enthusiasts until very recently. This car has been thoroughly enjoyed, both on the road and in various FIA events such as sprints, hill climbs, and rallies. It has received meticulous care from top experts in the marque, including recent updates to the interior, an upgrade to a 4.2-litre fast road engine, installation of the Harvey Bailey Handling Kit for a significant improvement in performance, and a complete rebuild of the gearbox. As a result, this is undoubtedly one of the finest driving DB5s available today.

Another DB5 currently for sale is a beautifully restored model in the attractive shade of California Sage. This 1964 car, equipped with a 5-speed ZF transmission, was originally purchased from Brooklands of Bond Street in June of that year and has stayed in the UK ever since, passed down to devoted owners over the years. It has undergone a thorough restoration process, which included a full re-painting in its stunning original hue. As a result, it boasts impeccable appearance both inside and out.

The final DB5 available is a unique opportunity for a customer to customize their ideal DB5. This iconic car will be tailor made for the owner through a rebuild process at Hilton & Moss’ cutting-edge restoration complex. The restoration will be based on a flawless, refurbished DB5 chassis and shell, meticulously prepared in Hilton & Moss’ approved bodywork shop. Originally delivered in July ’64 through Brooklands in London, this right-hand drive vehicle made its way to the US and was later stored for 30 years in a dry location. Now, it presents a one-of-a-kind chance for the new owner to bring their DB5 dreams to life on an untouched canvas.

Whilst the team won’t have any DB5’s at the Masters of Motoring weekend, they’ll be showcasing their new racing team in the Lotus Emira GT4 and a classic Lister Knobbly.