The new $1.4 million Aston Martin DB5 'Shooting Brake' is up for auction
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the coolest and most iconic cars ever made. This new ‘Shooting Brake’ variant could change that.
It’s hard not to love the Aston Martin DB5, it is afterall the most known of all the James Bond cars. Its shape is both masculine and elegant.
Given its size and rarity, if you’re the kind of person that can afford a DB5, you can probably also afford some Range Rovers or Land Cruisers for when you actually want to carry more than a set of golf clubs. If however, you want to get your hands on this DB5, it’s now possible thanks to this auction.
Up for auction right now on RM Sotheby’s, is the Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake from 1965.
If you’re lucky enough to own a DB5, you would never dream of tampering with it, unless perhaps you’re the guy that used to run Aston Martin. Brown was the man that ran the car company for several decades and the person we have to thank for the line of DB models that we have this very day.
According to Sotheby’s the legend is as follows: “Brown entered a board meeting at which some of his engineers were in attendance, plunked his hunting dog down on the table, and said, “Build me something for him to sit in.””
The result, a 1965 DB5 with a modified shooting brake chassis. Shooting brake cars are more often than not compared to station wagon cars.
This isn’t the only shooting brake Aston Martin has played around with though. In more recent years company came up with the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, a roaring V12 car with the practicality of a hatchback.
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake
Only 12 of these unusual DB5 cars were made, with only four of those being the left-hand drive model we have here.
The chassis was made by Radford Shooting Brakes, the car has also been modified further with a five-speed manual gearbox as put in by a later owner, and then modified again with upgraded shocks and springs from yet another owner. There’s also a beefed up 4.7 litre engine hiding inside.
Described by Sotheby’s as “the rarest DB5 variant ever made”, the car joins the dizzyingly impressive line-up of exotic cars at the Monterey Auction on August 15 to August 17.
The car is expected to go for between US $1 million and US $4 million.
Take a look at the auction page here.