You could ask what Aston Martin might be without its association with James Bond, but divesting the two is near impossible. From that first image of Q educating Sean Connery educating the gentleman spy on all the gadgets of the DB5 in Goldfinger, the car was destined to become the world’s most famous car. Unlike Bond’s version, which required the roof being blasted off to allow for use of the ejector seat, the 1963 Aston Martin DB5 being offered by RM Sotheby’s is already a convertible.
Only 123 convertibles were built of the DB5 before production ended, with only 85 being a right-hand-drive. Originally priced at £4,490, only a very few people could afford to purchase one. The cars quickly sold to British celebrities, like Peter Sellers, Beryl Reid, and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret. The convertible being offered by RM Sotheby’s is believed to be the Earls Court Motor Show car, and may be the same car picoted with Barbara Roscoe and Honor Blackman. As is, it is only the fifth convertible chassis every numbered by Aston Martin (DB5C/1255/R). The convertible is painted in Caribbean Pearl and is decked out in Dark Blue Connolly leather. It features a four-speed gearbox and only amassed 21,400 miles before it was returned to the factory to have the engine replaced. A body-off restoration was done at the Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell at the request of the car’s most recent owner. That restoration brought the car back to the original factory specifications from October 1963. The work was so thorough that the car won Best of Show at the Techno Classica in Essen.
While this convertible doesn’t come with the ejector seat, or any of the other ideas Q had for Bond’s vehicle, it does have all the features that made the saloon version such a popular vehicle. That popularity is making a comeback today thanks to Aston Martin’s continued appearances in Bond films, and thanks to the incredible and timeless looks of the DB5.