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Car Review, Figures and Specs for the Aston-Martin DB5 1963 - [1963]

Aston Martin DB5


007's Luxury Grand Tourer



The Aston Martin DB5 cannot be written about without mentioning it's first appearance in the James Bond film Goldfinger. The James Bond film epitomised what the Aston Martin marque is all about. A stylish, powerful, yet somehow understated english gent. The DB5 boasted a 5.0L Inline Six powerplant which produced over 280 horsepower. 0-60mph could be reached in 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 142mph. The later DB5 Vantage could output 315 hp thanks to three Weber twin-choke 45DCOE side-draft carburettors and revised camshaft profiles.

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2+2+alloy


All DB5's were designed with a 2+2 configuration with 2 doors but came in 3 variants; coupe, convertible and the odd looking but more practical custom modified DB5 'Shooting Brake'. All were built with a magnesium-alloy body which weighed in the DB5 at around 1500kg. The weight was kept to a relative minimum by also using the same all-aluminium as the DB4 but bored out from 3.7 to 4.0 litre.



Cruise in Style and Safety


The DB5 had a choice of a 3 speed automatic, 4 and 5 speed manual in it's lifetime. This helped the DB5 luxury GT machine to cruise in style, whilst the comfort and safety were taken car of by the full leather trim, wool carpets, reclining seats (Ejector Seats were an MI5 optional extra) and fire extinguisher.



Summary


Positive   Pretending you're 007?

Negatives   Realising you're not 007.


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