1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible1,750,000 USD - Asking Price

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

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Reference Number 637608

as of 9/17/2021

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Car 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible: One of Only 39 Left-Hand Drive DB5 Convertibles Built

 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible 

Coachwork by Touring 

 

Chassis Number: DB5C/1278/L 

Engine Number: 400/4711/VC 

 

-One of just 39 left hand drive Aston Martin DB5 Convertibles built

-Believed to be the 1964 New York show car

-Desirable factory color scheme of black over original terra cotta interior

-Factory equipped with air conditioning

-Formerly owned by Aston Martin chairman Peter Sprague

-Upgraded by Aston Martin with rare VC series Vantage engine

-Offered with build sheet, parts catalog, workshop manual, jack and tool kit

 

The most iconic classic Aston Martin is the DB5, the model that represents the pinnacle

of the David Brown era.

 

Unveiled to the world in 1963, the DB5 featured beautiful aluminum coachwork in the

famous Superleggera style and significant mechanical upgrades over the DB4 including

a new four-liter engine, improved ZF gearbox, Girling disc brakes, and standard electric

windows. This new Aston Martin drew praise from buyers, journalists, and motoring

enthusiasts, not to mention that it was immortalized in film as the personal transport of

James Bond.

 

Between 1963 and 1965 Aston Martin built just 1,021 examples of the DB5, a total that

includes 123 of the ultra-rare DB5 Convertibles. From this extremely limited production,

a mere 39 Convertibles were specified in the more popular left hand drive configuration.

These extremely scarce LHD DB5 Convertibles are coveted by collectors, as they are one

of the most exclusive and prestigious road going Aston Martins ever produced.

 

We are pleased to offer this magnificent DB5 Convertible, a fascinating left hand drive

car that has been kept in one familys ownership since 1977.

 

As documented by the factory build sheet, this rare Aston Martin was specified in the

gorgeous color combination of Black over Terra Cotta Connolly leather upholstery. Other

noteworthy factory options include Normalair air conditioning, Power Lok differential,

Blaupunkt radio, Britax seatbelts, and chrome wire wheels wearing Dunlop whitewall

tires. Originally delivered to the well-known US distributor J.S. Inskip in February 1964,

this DB5 Convertible is believed to be the car displayed at that years New York Auto

Show.

 

In 1977, famous American businessman Peter Sprague purchased the DB5 Convertible,

which is notable as he was the very gentleman who helped save Aston Martin in 1975,

when he and George Minden purchased the company out of receivership. Mr. Sprague served as the Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. for five years, and it was only

fitting that he drove a classic DB5 Convertible during this period.

 

While the DB5 Convertible was in his ownership, the factory supplied him a replacement

engine for the car. This was no ordinary engine, but rather was the most powerful

Vantage engine ever produced a VC series unit with triple Weber carburetors, greatly

improving the performance of the DB5 Convertible. This rare engine, number

400/4711/VC, remains in the car today.

 

The car remained in the Sprague family until we purchased it from Mr. Spragues son,

who had received the car as a 21 st birthday present. Other than a repaint in the factory

black color, this DB5 remains in amazingly original condition, including the nicely worn

leather interior. It has always been serviced by Aston Martin experts, shows less than

65,000 original miles, and is powered by the ultra-rare VC Vantage engine specially

supplied by Aston Martin to Peter Sprague. It is offered with a copy of the factory build

sheet, workshop and parts catalogs, tool kit, and jack.

 

Never before offered for sale, this incredible left hand drive DB5 Convertible has a rich

history, a factory supplied Vantage engine, and a special connection to the man who

saved the Aston Martin marque. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for

collectors and is definitely one of the most exciting and important Aston Martins we have

ever presented for sale.