Even if you’re not a fan of European sports cars, you can’t help but dream of being the individual who discovered this 1964 Aston Martin DB5. The previous owner purchased it back in 1972, drove it sparingly for a couple years and then parked it in their barn, where it has remained until just recently. The owner recently passed away and now their estate is being auctioned off. Given the high profile status of the DB5, Bonhams will be auctioning it off at the Aston Martin Works Sale on May, 18th.
The DB5 was made a true automotive icon after its appearance in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. It has since become a staple of the James Bond Franchise and has made several appearances with Mr. Bond at its wheel. While this one isn’t wearing Silver-Birch paint or decked out with secret agent weapons and gadgets, it is a beautiful and very original car.
Bonhams describes this car as a barn find, but it looks more like a garage find to us. Either way, it is in impressive condition for having been parked for some 30 years. When it was discovered it had a rat’s nest in the engine bay and the motor wasn’t running, but after some work the 282 hp 4.0 liter straight six is now running.
The interior is still in immaculate condition and needs nothing more than a good cleaning. The odometer currently read 48,000 miles and given how little wear the inside shows, we believe it. When the previous owner, David Ettridge, purchased this DB5 he paid £1,500 or about $22,000 in today’s money. Bonhams estimates this could sell for as much as $300,000 or more, which seems like a good return on the Ettridge family’s investment.
While this car is definitely out of our price range, it is amazing to see that finds like this are still out there. If you keep searching then maybe someday you will find your dream car parked in someone’s old barn or garage. Special thanks to Edward W for sharing this amazing find with us!
More images can be found at The Telegraph.