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This Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake By Radford Is Looking For A New Owner

Of all the old-school Aston Martin models out there, the DB5 holds a special place in the hearts of the car-loving public and collectors alike. It’s bodied by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, it features the Tadek Marek straight-six engine with a displacement of 4.0 liters, and it’s one of the best-known movie cars of all time thanks to Agent 007.
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Over the course of two years, Aston Martin built 1,059 units with either the ZF Friedrichshafen or Borg Warner automatic transmission. The rarity is on a different level altogether for the Radford shooting brake, which numbers 12 examples of the breed of which four were specified in left-hand drive.

This is a LHD model with a comprehensive history file and matching numbers, delivered and kept in Switzerland by three owners since 1965. Chassis number DB5/2273/L is also accompanied by the BMIHT certificate, which costs fewer than £50 as per the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust.

RM Sotheby’s will attempt to sell the car at the Monterey auction in August 2019, and internet bidding isn’t possible. It would be best to get yourself in the crowd and win this auction the classic way, more so because bidding will get wild on such a rare automobile. Back in the day, Radford claimed the shooting brake was capable of hitting 150 miles per hour without a problem.

The coachbuilding business of Harold Radford didn’t work cheap. According to RM Sotheby’s, “it was an enormously expensive process” to convert the DB5 into a shooting brake “which, at the time, cost about twice the average price of an English house.” Even the tubular structure of the roof was modified, and with the rear seats folded down, the DB5 Shooting Brake by Radford is capable of carrying more than 40 cubic feet of whatever you want to transport.

On top of the conversion, the first owner also specified the vehicle with a power-operated radio areal, safety belts, a detachable headrest, and the inscription of his initials on each door. The car switched hands in 2003, passed into the current ownership in 2009.

The third owner undertook a comprehensive overhaul of the DB5 Shooting Brake by Radford, upgrading the engine to 4.7 liters and fitting the straight-six powerplant with triple SU HD8 carburetors. With the help of R.S. Williams, the overhaul also included upgrades to the suspension, wheels, body, interior trim, and Fiamm air horns.

 
 
 
 
 

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