The Aston Martin DB5 has its roots in the DB4 model that preceded it however it was thoroughly improved with an increased engine capacity, triple SU carburettors and stylish bodywork. The styling was done by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan using their Superleggera (super-light) tube frame technique with alloy panels as was the trend in Aston Martins of the period. When combined these resulted in a grand touring car that was luxurious fast and light.
The front headlights were now fared in as standard in the same way as the DB4 Vantage giving the DB5 its distinctive look. While the coupe was made famous in the James Bond film Goldfinger, the DB5 Convertible of which only 123 were made is the rarer car. Just 19 convertibles were built with left had drive and 12 fitted with the more powerful factory Vantage engine. A fabric folding roof was standard but an optional steel hard top was also offered.
A further 37 cars were built between 1965 and 1966 after the DB6 coupe was launched. These were called Aston Martin DB5 Volante and were a fusion of the DB5 and DB6. They featured the DB6’s split front and rear bumpers and like that car, used Triumph TR4 rear lights. The shorter (than DB6) chassis was taken directly from the DB5.
Given the rarity of the Aston Martin DB5 Convertible they are highly sought after and fetch high prices, particularly the original Vantage tuned cars.