Aston Martin DB5 Speed Clocked By SMITHS Gauges

Aston Martin DB5 Speed Clocked By SMITHS Gauges

In 1963, it is questionable whether Aston Martin had any idea of the global impact of the release of the DB5.  The car's appearance in the James Bond film Goldfinger in 1964 propelled it to international stardom and it remains an iconic classic car even today.

Aston Martin only produced 1,059 2-door DB5s between 1963 and 1965.  The all-aluminium 4.0 litre engine produced 282 bhp.  This gave the DB5 a top speed of 143mph with an acceleration from 0-60mph in 8 seconds.

The interior was exquisite with reclining seats, wool pile carpets, electric windows, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels, oil cooler, magnesium-alloy body built to Superleggera patent technique, full leather trim in the cabin and even a fire extinguisher.

The dashboard featured gauges designed and manufactured by SMITHS Instruments in the UK.  In all, there were 8 different gauges including:

  • Speedometer;
  • Tachometer,
  • Fuel Gauge;
  • Ammeter;
  • Water Temperature Gauge;
  • Oil Temperature Gauge;
  • Oil Pressure Gauge;
  • Clock;

Supplying the gauges for the DB5 was one part of a long history of SMITHS Instruments working with Aston Martin.

Since Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 has featured regularly in James Bond movies including:

  • Thunderball (1965);
  • GoldenEye (1995);
  • Casino Royale (2006);
  • Skyfall (2012);
  • Spectre (2015);

The Aston Martin DB5 holds a special place in motoring history and is one of the most desired classic two-door sports cars in the world.  It is fantastic to see the dashboard full of SMITHS instrumentation and for us to be a part of that history.

For further information on the gauges featured in the dashboard of the Aston Martin DB5 or in any classic car, please contact us on:

Email:  [email protected]

Phone:  +44 (0) 1639 732200

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