RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Preview
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible
Lot #129 of RM Sotheby’s auction during Monterey Car Week on the 24th and the 25th August will be this rather unusual “Peony” Red with tan leather interior Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible.
What made this a standout is the fact that chassis number DB5/1924/R is one of only seven original DB5 convertibles produced in Vantage specifications. Therefore upon delivery back in the spring of 1965, the car was loaded with upgrades such as triple Weber carburetors, new intake manifolds, bigger cylinder heads and power brakes, making it sharper and faster than standard DB5s.
The Aston Martin remained in the U.K. for many years under three ownerships on record and therefore it came out of the box as a right-hand-drive. It crossed the Atlantic to its next owner on the U.S. East Coast where it was then professionally converted to left-hand-drive and comprehensively restored to concours condition.
So much so that it won a number of prestigious prizes at various shows since moving to America, notably at the 2005 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance where it picked up the Europa Chairman’s Award. This highly desirable British convertible from Newport Pagnell is currently part of a private collection before it goes onto the auction block.
(Estimate: US$1,900,000 – $2,500,000)
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