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Coachwork by Touring
Eugene Schneuwly, Granges-Paccot, Switzerland (acquired June 25, 1964, through Garage Hubert Patthey)Robert Noortman, Holland (acquired in 1999)Andrew Kissel, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired in February 2004)Frank C. Steinemann, Florida (acquired in August 2012)Current Owner
Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, 2013 (2nd in Class)
“Opinions vary greatly – and inevitably – on which is the ‘best’ of the new breed of Aston Martins. Sir David [Brown] puts his money on the DB5.” – Geoff Courtney, The Power Behind Aston Martin, 1978
The DB5 is the most recognizable and revered classic Aston Martin, and it represents the culmination of nearly a decade of constant improvement on both road and track.
Introduced in 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 combined the sporting qualities of earlier DB-series cars with a more mature and refined manner. This sophisticated feeling was echoed in the beautiful aluminum superleggera body shell built at Newport Pagnell, under license from Touring of Milan. To the uninitiated, the DB5 was almost visually identical to the Series V DB4. As a GT car of unapproachable panache and ample performance, the latest Aston Martin drew universal praise. Its powerful four-litre twin-cam six produced a lusty 282 hp, fed through a new five-speed ZF transmission that allowed relaxed high-speed motoring.
When Road & Track tested the DB5 in October 1964, they suggested that, “If one were planning a trip from Paris to Rome, a car such as the Aston would be hard to beat” and concluded that the Aston Martin represented “the essence of GT driving.” This elegant, confident image has long been associated with the DB5.
The history of chassis 1469/L begins on February 29, 1964, when Swiss importer Garage Hubert Patthey placed an order for a new DB5. According to factory records, the new DB5 was built to the strict specifications of Eugene Schneuwly, a resident of Granges-Paccot, Switzerland.
Specified for continental use, it was outfitted with metric instruments, a 3.77:1 rear axle, chrome wheels, Dunlop tires, Bray immersion heater, Motorola radio, and a detachable passenger headrest. Finished in Sierra Blue with gray Connolly leather hides, this elegant left-hand-drive DB5 was fitted with an Ace number plate lettered “DB5/1964” and delivered to its first owner on June 25, 1964. As noted in factory records, DB5/1469/L remained in Switzerland for a number of years, later appearing at E. Ritter Garage in Basel.
In 1999, it was sold to influential Dutch art dealer and automobile enthusiast Robert Noortman. Throughout his five-year ownership, Mr. Noortman maintained his Aston Martin to a high overall standard.
In February 2004, DB5/1469/L was sold to Andrew Kissel of Greenwich, Connecticut, and shortly thereafter was restored by marque specialist Autosport Designs. Eventually changing hands, in June 2011, Winning Makes of Santa Barbara performed substantial mechanical work, as evidenced by a $60,000 invoice.
The DB5’s condition is lovely inside and out with notable attention to authentic, factory-correct detail. The engine bay, in particular, is beautifully finished and retains its original data tags. Accompanied by a tool kit, instruction book, and a copy of the factory build record, this beautifully presented DB5 offers a well-rounded package.
Not only does this particular Aston Martin DB5 benefit from a gorgeous overall presentation, it is eligible for the finest classic car gatherings, AMOC events, and prestigious tours and rallies. Today, DB5s are appreciated by collectors of diverse tastes and prized for their unique combination of traditional English engineering and chic Italian styling.
For the enthusiast in search of an events-eligible, English GT of exceptional style and polish, we encourage consideration of this lovely Aston Martin DB5. We have no doubt that it will impress the most particular collector with its inherent quality and wonderful period correct appearance.