Lot 156

Monterey 2017

1965 Aston Martin DB5


$1,200,000 - $1,400,000 USD | Not Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • U.S.-delivery, factory left-hand-drive example
  • Original colors of California Sage over Beige
  • Five-speed transmission, factory Bosch radio, and heated rear window
  • Stunning, well-sorted restoration from several marque specialists
Please note that this lot is titled as a 1966. Please also note that Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com.

Originally delivered to Edwin V. Perdue via Aston Martin importers to the United States, chassis number DB5/2268/L is recorded on its build sheet as having been specified with quite a few non-standard options, including desirable factory Normalair air conditioning, the engine breather valve scheme, a Bosch Koln TR radio with power antenna, and chrome wheels with Avon Turbospeed GT whitewall tires rounded out the vehicle. The only specification that has been changed is the Borg Warner automatic transmission, which had been modified to a correct-type five-speed ZF manual sometime before present ownership.

The build sheet also records the second owner, James S. Hillhouse of Colorado, who owned the DB5 by May 1970. The car eventually passed into Texas, before settling with its current owner in 1988. This nearly three-decade-long custodianship has seen DB5/2268/L undergo a thorough and well-documented restoration by several marque specialists to return the vehicle to like-new specification. Autosport Designs undertook a cosmetic renewal, including repainting the DB5 in its original California Sage color. Kevin Kay Restorations performed a complete re-trim of the interior and boot. Additionally, Vintage Connection of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, carried out an engine rebuild, including head, valve train, carburetors, and clutch. The chassis and underside have been cleaned, but never disassembled.

Over the course of nearly three decades, the owner has stood proudly beside this DB5 at many AMOC events and concours d’elegance from coast to coast. It was first shown in August 1989 at the AMOC Monterey Festival. Other concours events include at Ault Park, Texas, Lime Rock, and Santa Fe. Furthermore, he has participated in the AMS Dixie Challenge, Chicago Historic Races, Pittsburgh Grand Prix, and the Great NW Tour in 1997, which ended in Monterey, California.

Presented in beautiful and authentic condition, from a meticulous owner, DB5/2268/L offers the opportunity to own one of the most desirable specification DB5s available on the market today.