The Aston Martin DB5 is a car that once defined a brand. It was the chariot of choice for Mr Bond himself, and the resulting exposure meant this single model helped to shoot Aston Martin into the global limelight.
It was also remarkably good at being a luxury grand tourer, if Autocar's road test from 1964 is anything to go by.
“More and more cars today can reach the magical ‘ton’, but those that can do it with the ease and rapidity of the Aston can be counted on the fingers of one hand,” is the explanation in the near 52-year-old issue.
“It is a car that defies definition, for it can put on so many widely differing characters that it always seems tailored to one’s mood of the moment,” the article continues. “Pottering home through a city’s evening exodus, whittling through strings of weekend tourists, or gobbling up great strings of concrete motorway like an Italian with a plate of spaghetti, the Aston makes all of these light work and comes to the end asking for more.”
Priced at £4248, including tax, the DB5 wasn’t far off the value of a semi-detached house. Yet the Autocar road test team remained convinced that the price was justified, especially after subjecting the DB5 to some high-speed testing on track.