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Sold for: £362,250
There was a certain innocence to product placement in the early sixties. Incorporating a brand or product into a movie probably just seemed like a good idea at the time. Eon Productions - having been spurned by Jaguar - turned their attentions to Aston Martin to provide the 'daily driver' for MI6 agent, James Bond... the rest is more than just history. The 1964 Bond film, ‘Goldfinger', made the DB5 one of the most famous cars of all time. Unsurprising as what man wouldn't want to drive a beautiful car and imagine themselves as a wayward secret agent and all round ladies man. With the DB5 being resurrected in the latest James Bond movie ‘Skyfall' it has further cemented the DB5's significance in both cult history and also in motoring history. Not since the introduction of the E-type had the industry seen the glamour for such a car by royalty, rock stars, celebrities and the like. This matching numbers, original RHD UK delivered Aston Martin DB5 offered here is the embodiment of the car featured in the James Bond movies finished in the iconic Silver Birch colour. The second owner of the car then had it exported to the perfect classic car climate of Australia where no doubt the factory fitted webasto roof was much needed! It spent much of its life in dry, sunny Australia until being returned to its birthplace in 2012. On its return to the UK the car was subject to a sympathetic restoration which included not only refreshing the exterior and interior in Silver Birch over Black leather but also a detailed mechanical refurbishment. As one would expect the mechanical refurbishment addressed all core aspects of the car, which importantly included the removal and separation of the engine and gearbox. The engine was stripped and all parts inspected before being reassembled with new gaskets and seals. The Liners were removed and replaced, a refurbished standard size crankshaft was fitted with new bearings and the water galleries cleaned out. The cylinder head was also subject to refurbishment with the inlet and exhaust valves checked cleaned and reground before the head was rebuilt. The carburetors were also dissmantled and rebuilt with new jets and needles before being fitted and balanced. The gearbox was also inspected and reattached to the engine with a new clutch and balanced flywheel fitted. Following the engine and gearbox work the brakes system was also reconditioned, the steering assembly check and refitted along with general servicing and refurbishment of all areas of the car where necessary including heater assembly and wiring. Presented with the car is a fantastic history file that includes invoices from marque specialists RS Williams, Nicholas Mee & Co and Aston Service Dorset to name but a few. Also included in the file are images, which shows various aspects of the work undertaken on the car. We are pleased to offer this example of possibly the world's most sought-after motorcar in the centenary year of the marque. With the recent work undertaken on the car this it is sure to provide enjoyment for the next owner for many more years to come.
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