Here is the opportunity to have the DB5 of your dreams.
The car is complete and the chassis has been restored and a new body fitted. This is the time to choose the final specification and have Aston Workshop build you a magnificent example of one of the worlds most desired cars. This Aston could be converted to left hand drive, there are very few DB5 LHD models available in the world today and Aston Workshops conversions are superb in every respect.
There is also the opportunity to choose from a range of upgrades and enhancements like electric power steering, air conditioning, Sat Nav etc.
RHD or LHD the choice is yours
As one of the biggest specialists dealing in Classic Aston Martins, we are finding an increasing demand for LHD cars and the availability of such cars is extremely small. That this is the case is perhaps not surprising bearing in mind that only some 10% of those Aston Martins manufactured up until the introduction of the DB7were sold as original LHD cars. As a result, we are finding an increasing demand for LHD conversions, which we are very well placed to meet.
Many prospective customers may well think that changing the specification of any rare car, such as an Aston Martin, would detract from both its originality and value. This may be the case if major changes are envisaged to the appearance or there is a major deviation from the original in some major mechanical item, such as fitting a Jaguar engine into a DB4. Indeed, as was originally found when many Austin Healeys and E-Types were re-imported back to the UK and converted to RHD, that values did to some extent suffer, largely as a result of the quality and original appearance of those converted deviating significantly from the original RHD car. No more.
On the contrary, we are routinely now finding that valuable Aston Martins that have been sold recently to overseas customers normally driving on the right, are being bought and converted to LHD and that a premium is often achieved. As a result the value of a car converted from RHD to LHD is as much and often more than the cost of the conversion.
There are however, a number of clear provisos in making this claim. First and foremost, the conversion has to be such that the car is precisely as it would have been had it been manufactured from new as a LHD car. The second key proviso is that the quality of the conversion has to be flawless and that the car has the precise appearance of an original LHD car.
Over the last year or so, the demand for these LHD conversions has risen very substantially, particularly the DB4, 5 and 6 cars and increasingly now, the V8 models. We have remanufactured or can acquire just about all of the items that are required to do the conversion, be it DB4, 5, 6 or a V8, chief amongst which are the Dashboards. As will be seen, the quality and original appearance is extremely good and anyone contemplating a RHD to LHD conversion can be assured that the conversion process is quite straightforward, taking no more than a few weeks to do and that we are very experienced at doing them.
If a LHD conversion is of interest get in touch,. We can certainly advise and can readily provide a very competitive quotation for all the work involved
The DB5 was announced in October 1963 at the Earls Court Motor show. The final development of the Series 5 DB4 introduced many of the features found later in the DB5, including the revised roofline and enlarged boot. The engine was enlarged to 4 litres by increasing the cylinder bore and the Vantage engine with triple SU carburettors became the standard engine specification. While early DB5s came with the same David Brown 4 speed gearbox, this was soon superseded with the introduction of a ZF 5-speed gearbox, revised final drive ratio, 4 wheel Girling disc brakes with twin servos, adjustable Selectaride rear dampers and an alternator.
The DB5 was described by contemporary road testers, as a car that defies definition with many widely differing characters, that is always tailored to ones mood of the movement. Capable of effortless high performance, quiet and refined, yet with a most satisfying and mellifluous snarl as the mood takes one. Elegant, rare, and with impeccable breeding, it is the epitome of all that was most elegant in its time, with that unmistakable British character, yet with the design flair of the very best of Italian styling. It is a car which challenges and satisfies and always excites.
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