1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe

The ultimate grand tourer, the DB5 brought British luxury touring to its pinnacle when it replaced the DB4 in 1963. A star on the road and the screen thanks to being the preferred automobile of James Bond, the DB5 improved over the DB4 with a redesigned suspension, larger 4.0-liter straight six from the DB4 Vantage, and beautiful magnesium alloy coachwork by Italian firm Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. The DB5 pictured here is a factory left-hand-drive model and the fifth DB5 built. The car has the early four-speed manual transmission with overdrive that was replaced in later models by a ZF five-speed and original motor. Originally sold new in San Francisco, the car's current owner purchased it in 1981 and has maintained it ever since. In original, barely-restored condition, this DB5 is ready for another 50 years of motoring with its next driver.

Photos: David Bush/ RM Sotheby's

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