1965 Aston Martin DB5
1965 Aston Martin DB5
- Stunning matching numbers example
- Engine rebuilt to 4.2 litre unleaded specification
- Original colour specification
- Original UK 5-Speed manual
This wonderful example of the most iconic Aston Martin, if not the most iconic motor car, was first registered in April 1965 to a Mr. Patrick Robbins of Lewes in Sussex. Mr. Robbins enjoyed his DB5 for 14 years before selling it to Mr. Edward Holloway of Richmond, Surrey in July 1979. Holloway worked for a company called Tasco Ltd, who were the first large sound equipment rental company in the UK and provided sound equipment for major live events around the world during the 1970’s and 80’s, especially big concerts for bands like The Who and Pink Floyd. It would appear that the car was owned by Tasco Ltd, but Mr. Holloway was the keeper, as there is a record of all work done for each year on Tasco Ltd headed paper, which would have been kept for accounting and tax purposes.
During this time the car was maintained by Aston Service Dorset and Hyde Vale Garage, both Aston Martin approved workshops. Notable work included a top end rebuild in September 1980. In April 1982 the interior was completely retrimmed by Aston Service Dorset as well as the carburettors being completely rebuilt.
In December 1984 the opportunity to buy a DB4 GT was too much for Mr. Holloway and the car passed to Joe Browne, who ran and owned Tasco Ltd. Mr. Browne kept the car for a year before selling it to Mr. John Forrester in December 1985.
John was a huge Aston Martin enthusiast and wanted his DB5 to be the best it could be and maintained it as such. In 1989 the car was taken to Jaguar specialist M Barclay of Langley, Berkshire, an extremely well respected restorer especially when it comes to bodywork and paint. A letter of instruction on file from John Forrester to M. Barclay gives one a good indication of just what a perfectionist John was. The instructions gave ‘carte blanche’ to attend to every aspect of the body in order to make it perfect, including the important instruction to use a good quality barrier tape in all areas where aluminium panels meet steel. John also detailed the exact points in the restoration process where he would come down and inspect the work before giving the go ahead to the next stage.
In July 1999, when the car had covered 44,000 miles, it was taken to Oselli in Oxford, who specialise in British marques, especially Aston Martin’s. They carried out a full engine rebuild to 4.2 Litre unleaded specification.
John used the car sparingly over the years and kept the car until his death in 2011, at which point the car passed to his wife, Angela. In March 2014 the passed into the hands of the current keeper, a respected collector and historic racer. An extremely fastidious owner of collectors cars from all eras, he took the car to Peter Chambers Automotive in Tewkesbury and had the car gone through from bumper to bumper doing everything from a full rear axle rebuild to simply remounting the bumpers so they are perfect.
Today HYP 59C is an exemplary example of the DB5, presenting in its original colour and in fabulous condition cosmetically and mechanically. Having covered just 52,000 miles from new and just 8,000 miles since a full engine rebuild, this wonderful motor car is drives beautifully and is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.