Nostalgia: Aston Martin DB5

No, it doesn’t have an ejector seat. It doesn’t have machine guns behind the headlights. It doesn’t have license plates that trick the minds of policemen. And it doesn’t have oil sprayers and smoke dispensers that agitate the officers that decide to pursue.  What it does have, however, is an iconic look that will never be forgotten by any car enthusiast or Bond fan boy.  It should be pretty obvious that this description describes none other than the legendary Aston Martin DB5.

48 years ago, Goldfinger founded a major James Bond fan base with arguably the series’ most well-known film and, more importantly, introduced us to the DB5.  That infamous scene with James Bond receiving his pre-mission briefing from Q had movie goers drooling the moment that the beautiful Aston appeared on screen.  The car practically seduces your eyes. The way the windshield dives from the heavens before revealing the sleekness of the hood (or bonnet, if you’re reading this on the island) and raised vent that sits right in the middle.  It then slopes down to show the wide mouth to the car and the googly eyes that are the headlights.  The experience of seeing one of these in person is next to magical.

Under the hood, this car is almost as good as it looks.  The main power source is a 3995cc naturally aspirated straight six engine operated by a 5-speed manual box.  The engine kicks out a reasonable (good, for that time) 282 bhp at 5500 rpm, and 280 foot lbs. of torque at 4500 rpm.  This equates to a 142 mph top speed and a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds.

Stopping power relies on Girling twin servo assisted brakes with front and rear solid disks.  The suspension wasn’t cutting edge, having been born in 1963 it did not include computers to calculate every necessary adjustment that the car needed to make.  Instead, the DB5 sits on a suspension consisting of telescopic shock absorbers up front, and double acting lever arm shock absorbers in the back.  The car adds up to a total weight of 3,230 lbs making the power to weight ratio 192.49 bhp/ton.

Not only did this car simply give us a masterpiece to admire on screen, it also paved the way for us to admire more Aston Martin’s on screen and built Aston to the sports car powerhouse that it is today.  Without the DB5, the world would be without the Vanish Vanquish in Die Another Day and the Aston Martin DBS in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.  This car was a turning point in automotive history, especially in the world of sports cars.  Simply put, this car may just be the most famous car in cinema throughout all time.  Yes, even more than the Mustang from Bullitt.  My proof?  Well only the Aston Martin DB5 could have an entire movie theater applauding its entrance. #iconic -B.C.


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