Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake: the most exclusive one

9 Aug

The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic vehicles of the last century. Its appearance in the saga of James Bond films and extraordinary beauty have made it very popular, so much so that it is still reaching stratospheric figures every time a unit goes up for auction. The reason is also its exclusivity, although if we talk about it, we must highlight the Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake, a family variant that is still quite unknown today. It was David Brown himself, owner of the company at the time, who saw some shortcomings in his DB5. The coupé body prevented him from having space to put his equipment to play polo, not to mention that his hunting dog bit the leather seats when he was in the rear seats. Thus, the development of a family body of this model would be considered for the first time. As Aston Martin could not assume it, they asked Radford, a shooting brakes specialist.

In total they made 12 units of this Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake, only four of them with the steering wheel on the left like the one we have in the images and that will be auctioned shortly. Specifically, we talk about the chassis number DB5 / 2273 / L, which left the factory directly to undergo the conversion of Radford. The process was very complex and the cost of the vehicle almost doubled. But the truth is that the Aston Martin DB5 was rebuilt from the windshield backwards. The tubular roof structure had to be cut and extended, while a one-piece gate was installed.

The interior of these specimens could also be modified to taste and if the second row of seats was folded it would get a trunk that exceeded 1,100 liters of capacity. This Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake was completed in 1965 and sold to Rainer Heumann of Switzerland. He asked for extras such as the radio antenna, seat belts for the front seats or his initials on the doors. Huemann drove him almost daily for 30 years, although after his death in 1996 he stood for a while. In 2003 it was bought by another Swiss owner who was in charge of a complete restoration by Aston Engineering.

The chassis was reinforced, the bodywork was left intact and even the engine was upgraded to the 4.2-liter and the original automatic transmission replaced by a five-speed ZF. Although later, in 2009 it would change hands to its current owner. He also carried out some restoration work with RS Williams. In this case the engine went to 4.7 liters with triple SU8 HD8 carburetors, while the suspension was improved, 15-inch wheels were mounted and the body returned to the original Silver Birch color. Now this Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake that has never left Switzerland is looking for a new owner. He will be one of the protagonists of the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey and is expected to reach an attractive figure. A sales value of between 1 and 1.4 million dollars (between 890,000 euros and 1.25 million euros) is estimated.