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A rare 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with fewer than 48,000 miles (77,000km) on the clock has been found in a barn after spending more than 30 years cocooned in the UK.

The car was last purchased in 1972 for £1500 ($2262) and after some initial use in the 1970s it has remained parked in a garage since 1980. The engine had not been started since that date, but after careful preparation, the DB5 was fired up after 30 years of silence.

With fully restored examples of the classic ‘Bond’ Aston Martin selling for upwards of £320,000 ($482,000), this latest barn find is expected to realise between £150,000 ($180,000) and £200,000 ($300,000), when it goes under the hammer at the Bonhams sale at Newport Pagnell in the UK in May.

The DB5 was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carozzeria Touring Suprleggera and built by Aston Martin in the UK between 1963 and 1965.

The DB5 is famous for its role as James Bond’s car in the 1964 film Goldfinger, while another DB5 appeared in the most recent 23rd Bond film, Skyfall.

The DB5’s all-aluminium 4.0-litre Tadec Marek I6 engine produced 210kW, which could propel the car to a top speed of 233km/h. Apart from some early four-speed versions the standard transmission was a ZF five-speed manual unit. An optional three-speed auto by Borg-Warner was also available.

All DB5s were a 2+2 configuration with features including wool pile carpets, electric windows, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels, full leather trim and even a fire extinguisher.

The body was magnesium-alloy built to superleggera patent technique.




  • guest

    That’s quite the find – lovely car, nice colour too, great interior. Would be extremely desirable to have it, especially since it isn’t the typical James Bond silver that everyone associates with the DB5.

  • Ollie

    Needs bigger rims.

    • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

      Bit of a wash & polish & it would be perfect just the way it is  

    • Joshua

      this is not fast and furious. This car is a classic.

    • Amlohac

      some 22′s perhaps?

      Fully sick subwoofers?

      Fat twin turbo?

      Supercheap auto body kit?

      • Bryan

         And don’t forget the USB stick that makes it sound like a V8!

    • Don Quay

      I suppose you would like a fat exhaust and a doof-doof sound system too?

  • Zaccy16

    Beautiful car! 210 kw from a 4.0 is pretty good going for 1963!

  • John

    beautiful, but the impact protection of a pappadam

    • Amlohac

      Its a DB5… Therefore your comment hence forth will be panned for its stupidity.

      No one cares about impact protection in a DB5, just hand it to Q-Branch and Blow everything up thats in the way.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Wish I had a barn in which I could find this car!

    • davie

      Makes we wish I had a barn to hide my bomby first car – Imagine the suprise on someones face 30 years from now to find a 1981 Corona liftback! probably be worth at least $20 by then!

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Wow what a find. Aluminium engine and electric windows, sounds like it was well ahead for it’s time. Does it have disc brakes as well?

  • Bryan

    I have to wonder how a car like this (or any thing of value for that matter) could simply have been ‘forgotten about’ for thirty years – what happened to the previous owner?  Unless he was deposited in to the shed along with the car [maybe in the boot] I imagine he would have made some effort to locate his vehicle…  I wonder if he can be tracked down via registration records or something?  I’m sure they would like their three hundred grand car back.

    I recently read a story of a gentleman in North Queensland who found a P-51 Mustang in a shed on a farm that he purchased.  Because the contents of the sheds were included in the sale it was legally his, the thing was still flyable!  As you can imagine, he had no trouble finding a buyer for it!

    • $29896495

      What often happens with those sorts of things, the owner dies, and the relatives move in and either sell the whole lot sight unseen or divvy up the spoils and discover the stuff.

  • Alex

    Should make double that estimate because of it’s rarity.The majority of DB5s have already been found and restored which makes this one a very,very rare car indeed.

    • $29896495

      At that mileage, a bit of a detail and it should be brand new. It should rake it in.