2021 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1965 Aston Martin DB5
Coachwork by Touring
$800,000 - $900,000
Matching-Numbers Engine per AMHT Certificate
Desirably Built with Factory Left-Hand Drive and Air-Conditioning
Owned by Noted Aston Martin Collectors
Rare, Authentic Example of a Veritable Cultural Icon
Three SU HD8 Carburetors
282 BHP at 5,500 RPM
5-Speed ZF Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Girling Disc Brakes
Front Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Rear Live Axle with Trailing Links, Watts Linkage, and Coil Springs
Leslie Pouch, Staten Island, New York (acquired new in 1965)Mr. Davie (acquired by 1985)Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired by the late 1990s)Jean-Pierre Slavic, Switzerland (acquired in 2000)Michael Schudroff, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired in 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2013)
Lime Rock Concours d’Elegance, Lakeville, Connecticut, 1985
Easily one of the most recognized and iconic sports cars ever built, Aston Martin’s exquisite DB5 saloon leapt to public prominence when it was famously cast as the gadget-equipped transport of fictional MI6 superspy James Bond, an association that endures to this day. Beginning with 1964’s Goldfinger, the DB5 went on to co-star with three different James Bonds, including a reprise with Sean Connery in Thunderball, with Pierce Brosnan in 1995’s Goldeneye, and in the more recent Daniel Craig films including 2012’s Skyfall. The elegantly sporting DB5, with a race-developed inline-six-cylinder engine, engineered by Tadek Marek, and voluptuous lightweight Superleggerra (Super light) coachwork, designed by Touring of Milan, was the perfect choice for the dapper British spy.
Just 1,021 examples of the DB5, including saloons and dropheads, were manufactured between July 1963 and September 1965. The DB5 remains one of the most timeless sports car designs ever conceived, esteemed by enthusiasts ranging from old-world connoisseurs to modern supercar devotees.
This dashing Aston Martin is an outstanding, well-equipped example, featuring a beautiful cosmetic restoration, desirable original options, and factory left-hand drive, a most sought-after and favored specification. According to a copy of factory records issued by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, chassis 1847/L completed assembly at the Newport-Pagnell, UK plant on November 23, 1964, finished in Dubonnet, maroon metallic paint, with a black leather interior. The DB5 was equipped with several prized options, including Normalair air-conditioning, detachable headrests, chrome road wheels, and a Bosch Köln TR radio with powered antenna.
DB5 1847/L was sold to Leslie Pouch of Staten Island, New York, and delivered on February 23, 1965. Remaining in the US for over 30 years, this exceptional DB5 was clearly involved with enthusiasts of highline motoring, presented at the 1985 Lime Rock Concours d’Elegance by an owner named Mr. Davie as is recorded in an Aston Martin Owner’s Club registry. By the late 1990s, it was acquired by an executive at Banque Syz, a private bank in Switzerland, and imported to Europe.
Not long after, 1847/L came to the attention of Jean-Pierre Slavic, a Swiss watch manufacturer who maintains a significant collection of the most compelling postwar sports cars. His renowned collection at times would include such blue-chip Ferraris as the legendary 250 GTO and the 166 Mille Miglia; his collection has also included some of the greatest Italian-bodied Aston Martins, including a DB4 GT and a DB4 GT Zagato, each extremely rare in its own right. Mr. Slavic purchased this DB5 in 2000, after which he treated the car to a through mechanical freshening as well as a repaint in the classic Aston Martin shade of Silver Birch, an homage to the livery of the famed Goldfinger car.
Offered for sale in 2011, 1847/L was purchased by Michael Schudroff, a well-known East Coast dealer and enthusiast. Having specialized in Ferraris and Aston Martins for many years, Mr. Schudroff possessed particular expertise with DB4 and DB5 series cars, making him ideally qualified to undertake sympathetic restoration measures at his facility, which in this case principally consisted of a quality reupholstering of the interior in black leather. In 2013, the Aston Martin was acquired by the consignor, joining a world-class collection of the finest postwar sports cars and supremely important supercars.
Maintained, detailed, and exercised in the years since, 1847/L is a sensational example of Aston Martin’s most famed model. This DB5 is particularly notable for being a rare factory left-hand-drive car, a configuration that accounted for about 25% of total saloon production, which itself was a modest 886 cars built over 27 months. With desirable options such as factory air-conditioning, and the iconic presentation in Silver Birch, it is a superb example of this most famous Aston Martin model, and its offering represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the world’s most beloved automobiles.