Most famous for its role in the James Bond film 'Goldfinger' the DB5 was more than just a movie star. It is widely regard as one of the most beautiful Astons and was an exceptional grand tourer, thanks to its power ride. Underneath was a strong steel platform with steel tubes to support the hand-formed aluminium bodywork. A double wishbone front with coil springs and telescopic dampers was complemented by a live rear axle well located with a Watts linkage and radius arms, again using coils. The all-alloy straight-six engine was first debuted in the DB4, but engineer Tadek Marek reworked it for 244ci (44itre) displacement in the DB5. With twin overhead camshafts and triple SU carburettors, it was powerful enough, but with triple Webers, its output was raised to 314bhp (234kW) in the Vantage. All after the first 90 cars used a ZF five-speed transmission, and had front/rear disc brakes.
Aston Martin DB5 Specifications
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