Aston Martin DB5

1963

  • "In 1963, Aston Martin opened a new chapter in its history, abandoning a purely sporting style in favor of touring cars."
  • "Making use of Aston Martin's vast expertise, this car left its mark on the era, combining numerous refinements with a powerful 4 liter in-line 6 cylinder engine under an elegant Touring design exterior."
  • "This is the most famous of the DB range, made immortal on the big screen by James Bond. One should point out, however, that the machine guns, smoke machines and the ejector seat were not standard options."

After the Second World War, David Brown bought Aston Martin and set about producing a range of legendary automobiles. After triumphs on the racetrack - the most famous of which being DBR1's triumph at Le Mans in 1959, the company found such success with its DB4 that they decided to concentrate their efforts on similar "road" models. Thus a true mechanical marvel was born - a car whose success will forever be associated with the very British elegance of James Bond.

In 1914, Lionel Martin won his first hill-race at Aston Clinton, so when looking deciding upon a name for his automobile construction company, Aston Martin seemed the natural choice. Quickly centering production on hand-crafted sports automobiles, the marque's first model was unveiled in 1921. The constructor would go on to establish its sporting pedigree through continued participation at the Le Mans 24 hours towards the end of the 1920s and throughout the 1930s, and with a class victory at the 1931 Tourist Trophy.

During this time the factory would experience fragile financial health and be sold a number of times, most notably to David Brown in 1947. From that point onwards Aston Martin underwent a thorough change of fortunes, with exceptional automobile after exceptional automobile rolling off the production line at Newport Pagnell. In 1948 the new DB (David Brown) range would be launched - the lineage that would go on to cement the constructor's place in automotive legend.

To be continued...