A 1965 Aston Martin DB5, perhaps the coolest car ever, which was once owned by the voice of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, is up for sale in London.
Aston Martin is often voted the coolest car brand in the world, and that really stems from the DB5, which landed in the public consciousness back in 1964 when James Bond arrived in the DB5 in Goldfinger.
The DB5 quickly became the most famous car in the world – despite being on-screen for all of 13 minutes – and has held a fascination for car lovers ever since, despite it not being the most accomplished car, even then.
But so cool was the DB5 that anyone with success to flaunt wanted one, and stars of the time queued up to grab a piece of the Aston’s cool.
More than fifty years on, the DB5 is even more desirable and prices have continued to rise, with DB5s with celebrity ownership always achieving a premium – like Paul McCartney’s DB5, which sold for just £300k a few years ago and has just sold for four times that.
If you hanker after a celebrity DB5, and didn’t have deep enough pockets for McCartney’s, you may be able to grab one for a bit less which, arguably, has a celebrity pedigree almost as significant as McCartney’s in the world of music.
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 which was owned by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant for 15 years from the early 1970s is now up for grabs at Aston Martin specialists Nicholas Mee in London, and it looks a good ‘un.
Bought from Plant in 1986 and restored by Chapman Spooner, the DB5 is finished in Dubonnet Rosso and has covered just 64,000 miles in its more than 50 years and, say Nicholas Mee, is mechanically excellent with just the lightest signs of use.
Now for the Led Zeppelin puns…
The DB5 has clearly had a ‘Whole lotta love’ in its life, and when the ‘Black Dog’ descends will take you on a ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Over the hills and Far Away’, perhaps to ‘Kashmir’ ‘In the Evening’, and then across ‘The Ocean’ to the ‘House of the Holy’, all without leaving you ‘Dazed and Confused’.
We could go on. ‘Rock and Roll’.
Robert Plant’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Video