Chasiss # DB5/1401/R
Engine # 400/1365
The iconic Aston Martin DB5. The most famous car in the world. Probably.
Aston Martin Works are delighted to present this truly splendid example of the preferred transportation choice of Ian Fleming’s greatest ever spy. DB5 ‘1401’ was originally commissioned in Dubonnet Rosso, a colour synonymous with earlier DB’s and entirely recognisable as Aston Martin. A little known fact should be noted here that the original Goldfinger car also started its life painted in dark red. A client of Fixby, Huddersfield is down as the first owner of this car, now offered for sale. The admiring glances 1401 would have seen as it whizzed down the country roads of West Yorkshire would have made any owner smile with contentment and pride. A few months later, in October of the same year, we note the fitment of the now highly collectible Motorola radio, as extra entertainment for its passengers, as if the rumble of the sumptuous 4.0 litre Tadek Marek engine weren’t enough.
Many trips of thoroughly enjoyable and doubtless ‘spirited’ motoring were clearly enjoyed with 1401 as the history file shows a change of owner after the first owner had clocked over 10,000 miles in the first year alone. The baton of custody was then passed to a Mr R.J.C. in 1965 and her new home was to be in the landlocked county of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands.
We then skip forward some decades on, taking us into the eighties. Receipts for work carried out by the highly regarded Aston Service Dorset in April ’84 tell us that 1401 had eloped West, to Anglesey under the keepership of one Mr L.J. of Llys Dulas. At some time in the following year, a clearly diligent Mr A. P. of Aerdenhout, Holland took on the mantle of responsibility for our intrepid steed and this time we can see how diligent an owner he clearly was, commissioning Aston Engineering to undertake a project of notable works over the coming yea