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Here’s How the Legendary James Bond Car, the Aston Martin DB5 Is Restored

Aston Martin made this beauty, but it was Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera who designed it and, in a way, you can tell that by merely looking at it. Named to honor David Brown, the head of Aston Martin from 1947-1972, the DB5 will remain in the auto industry as the James Bond car.
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Photo: MR PORTER on YouTube
A bigger, all-aluminum engine made the hero car in Goldfinger stand out to its predecessor, the DB4. A new robust ZF five-speed transmission and three SU carburetors were also added. What was an optional for its previous model, high power engine became standard Aston Martin power unit with the launch of the DB5, in September 1963. It’s a rare breed, folks, and you know it.

The classic grand tourer kept things in the speed league since the 4.0-liter producing 282bhp was capable of a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h). Quite impressive for the times, isn’t it? No wonder the Goldfinger’s producers decided to have Sean Connery driving it in the film.

In a way, the Aston Martin DB5 is why they created a special car for the movie this year, the DB10. After all, the classic grand tourer is famous for being the most recognized cinematic James Bond car of all times, and there's nothing that can change that.

This entire “history” speech may have been a little bit tiring, but we had to go through it to understand why restoring one of these beauties is an actual ritual.

Global online retailer MR Porter recently released a three-minute video that integrates behind-the-scenes shots of what happens in the legendary automaker’s restoration garage.

Our favorite moment was when the engine finally starts. What’s yours?

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