Aston Martin's reputation as the quintessential British
luxury sports car started back in the 1950s, years before
Mr Bond or Q-Branch had got their hands on one.
the 1950s, models such as the DB2, DB2/4 and the DB Mk
III brought the company much success, and built the platform
to allow the company to venture into bigger, better,
expensive models in the 1960s.
The story of the DB5 begins with, as it's name would suggest,
the DB4 back in 1958. Built at the now famous Newport Pagnell
factory, the DB4 was constructed of a simple steel chassis
with a slick light-alloy body. Styled by Italian outfit
Superleggera Touring, the car grabbed attention for it's
looks - but under the bonnet lay the key to it's popularity.
A brand new 3.7-litre twin-cam six-cylinder engine brought
power to the people, delivering Ferrari performance and
Five years after the DB4 was productionized, the most
famous car in the world was launched - the DB5. Built on
DB4 technology, the DB5 improved many aspects of it's predecessor.
The engine was suped-up to 4 litres, with two variations
available giving a top torque of 314 bhp. The new engine
meant the DB5 could reach a breath-taking 140mph, but without
power-steering the car handled heavily.
Along with notable
bodywork improvements such as the rounded front and improved
headlights, nearly every aspect of the car's equipment
was upgraded - including an optional automatic gearbox.