1965 Aston Martin DB5 'Ogle' Saloon to Vantage Specification RHD
There can be few British sports cars that are as iconic as the Aston Martin DB5. While all variants are consistently in high demand due to their looks, performance, history and investment potential, those cars with unique historical features are particularly sought after.
The example offered here is one such car having been originally used by Ogle Design Ltd as a design prototype to demonstrate to the factory how the interior of the forthcoming DB6 could look. Modifications included a completely new layout of the dashboard and glove compartment, addition of a new centre console, central opening armrest (which was hinged at the rear), chrome plated ashtray, simpler V-patterned seat design, redesigned interior door panels (with a new interior door release handle) and completely new trim panels to the rear parcel shelf. Many of these modifications were subsequently adopted on the DB6 with the seating design being one of the most noticeable features.
In addition to its fascinating history this car has also recently benefited from a no expense spared 3000 hours body off restoration which was undertaken by noted specialists Bodylines and Spray Tec restorations, who undertook the paintwork, interior and suspension. The original engine and gearbox were fully rebuilt by R S Williams who upgraded it to 4.2 Litre Vantage specification. During the restoration a number of other modifications were discreetly accommodated including modern air conditioning, Becker Mexico stereo/satellite navigation, electric windows, central locking with automatic window closure, modern alarm system, Borrani polished alloy wire wheels and spinners and an uprated large core radiator.
Having covered very few miles since its restoration was completed in 2008 it remains in fantastic condition retaining full matching numbers and presenting beautifully in its original Silver Birch with Dark Blue hide and Grey carpets. One of its few recent outings was at the 2015 Goodwood Revival where it was a course Safety Car and performed faultlessly. Having been professionally maintained by J D Classics it is without doubt one of the very finest examples available today and provides a fantastic opportunity to acquire a unique and very historic DB5.
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