Got Bond-like aspirations when it comes to your choice of vehicle? The guys at RM Sotheby’s have got just the thing for you in the shape of this stunning 1965 Aston Martin DB5 which is going up for sale at their Monterrey auction. You’ll require the deepest of pockets to make it yours however as it has a guide price just shy of $2m. It is a factory left-hand-drive, late-production example with numbers-matching engine and it has been exceptionally equipped from new, including many rare factory options.
This majestic machine really has captured our imagination here at The Status Life and though, needless to say, we don’t have the requisite readies to afford it, we’re in little doubt some deep-pocketed classic car collector will be adding it to their line up. The engine was rebuilt in the 1990s to Vantage specification by marque specialists and it has undergone a comprehensive cosmetic restoration by Kevin Kay Restorations to concours standards.
Prince Abdul Ilah Bin Abdulaziz, son of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, was known for being a car aficionado, serving as the chairman of The National Motor Company. In 1965, H.R.H. Prince Abdul, already an accomplished entrepreneur at the age of 28, put in an order for this fully outfitted Aston Martin DB5, chassis number DB5/2270/L, direct from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. The delivery address for the car was listed as “behind the Royal Palace, Jeddah.” DB5/2270/L is a very late production example, evidenced by its sixth-from-last DB5 chassis number, it being delivered in 1966.
Any DB5 is a blue-chip Aston Martin to be honest, just as exhilarating to pilot as it is to admire in a serious collection of sports and GT cars. This Chassis number DB5/2270/L from RM Sotheby’s was built to the unique specifications of a connoisseur prince and has a well-documented history, which all combines to make it one of the finest DB5s in existence and a real cornerstone piece for any collector.
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