Rest assured, the DB5, known best for being the first Aston Martin and perhaps the most famous James Bond car after appearing in six films in the series (driven by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger first in 1964), can be safely classed as a secure and very rare investment.
This year Aston Martin Works, who signed the original James Bond deal in its modest town-house offices in 1962, will complete just three full DB5 restorations. Last year, it was just one.
“It’s the most famous car in the world. It’s timeless and as such very much in demand. I’m regularly finding one or two DB4s or DB5s a year that are ripe for restoration,” says Mr Tim Schofield, head of collector’s motorcars, Bonhams UK.
To discover the process behind a full restoration, MR PORTER visited the long-standing team at Aston Martin Works as they went about the two-year process of giving a 1964 DB5 in iconic silver-birch (a classic in every sense of the word) a full overhaul.
And do note this: This year’s Bonhams Aston Martin Works auction takes place on 9 May.
[Words by Ms Jodie Harrison, Editor, MR PORTER – Film by Mr Jacopo Maria Cinti, Associate Art Director, MR PORTER.]