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Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 Tyres

Aston Martin DB5 originally fitted either 670H15 Avon Turbospeed crossply tyres or 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™. Longstone Tyres would recommend fitting radial tyres because they are more suited to modern roads. We would suggest either Michelin 185VR15 XVS, this asymmetric tyre gives excellent directional stability. Or sticking with the original 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ which is an excellent period tyre. some people like a wider tyre in which case fit PIRELLI 205/70WR15 CINTURATO ™ CN12 HS or the 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX.

If you have the space inside your wings the 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ is excellent as it is a taller tyre. There are some excellent pictures future dopwn this page of a green DB5 fitted with these taller tyres. This is a cautious recommendation as these taller tyres won't fit all cars.

 A Brace of DB5 Aston Martins


Recommended Tyres for Aston Martin DB5

Other Options for Aston Martin DB5

DB5 Tyres

Aston Martin DB5 fitted with Michelin XWX Classic Tyres

The Aston Martin DB5 fitted a 670x15 Avon Turbospeed, cross ply tyre, the radial alternative would be a 185x15, with PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ and Michelin XVS being the best. The CINTURATO ™ is good because of its originality and the XVS because it is a period asymmetric tyre with both made by the world's best tyre manufacturers.

A 205/70x15 tyre is also a possible option for the Aston Martin DB5. Of the tyres available the Michelin XWX 205/70VR15 and the 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ would be the best available options for the DB5 Aston Martin because of its period design and handling.

Aston Martin DB5 fitted with the 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 Classic Tyres

As you can see from the pictures above the 205VR15 CN72 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ HS fills the wheel arches much better than the 215/70ZR15 PIRELLI P4000.

History of the Aston Martin DB5

Robert Barnford and Lionel Martin started the Aston Martin Company to build racing cars. They started their business in 1913 and built their vehicles using a Isotta-Fraschini chassis. The name was derived from the Aston Clinton Hillclimb race and Lionel Martin's surname. Their reputation for fast vehicles quickly grew and soon they were establishing speed records.

By 1924, the company was taken over by the first of many new owners. Though the management and ownership seemed to be constantly changing, their goals were to produce cars capable of establishing new records and winning races.

Post World War II production was slow and money was tight. Industrialist David Brown acquired the Aston Martin Company in 1947, and also the Lagonda automobile company. David Brown's initial would be seen on the vehicles for many years and his contributions to the company were more than just financial, they were legendary.

The first of the DB series, the DB1, was introduced in 1948 of which only 14 were built.

The DB2 followed in 1950, outfitted with a Lagonda engine and styled by a Lagonda designer. In total, there were more than 400 DB2s created.

Only 10 DB3s were created; which were more of a race car.

The DB4 was a very powerful and competitive car and was a strong contender against the Ferrari and the Maserati Carrozzeria.

The cars continued to evolve in technology, capability and design. By 1963, Aston Martin introduced their DB5. 1021 examples were produced. It was described as an evolution of the DB4, continuing its predecessor's design. Under the bonnet lurked a more powerful and potent engine. The six cylinder engine was still standard, but the Tadek Mereck straight six was now displacing 3995 cc and was capable of producing 282 horsepower. The Vantage option increased the output rating to 314 bhp. Most of the DB5's featured a new ZF five-speed transmission.

The DB5 followed the success of the DB4 and featured similar body work as the 2 door and a 4 seater Saloon. Unlike the DB4, the DB5 was equipped with electric windows and Armstrong Dampers. These were luxuries, but they also increased the weight of the vehicle and decreasing the overall performance. The 0-60 time was 8.1 seconds with the top speed being 143 mph.

Like the DB4s, the DB5s were available in convertible form. Twelve vehicles were built by coachbuilder Harold Radford and designated the DB5 Shooting Brake.

The DB5 continued in production until being replaced by the slightly larger DB6 in 1966, giving the rear passengers a little extra legroom.


The DB5 is undoubtedly a most popular car. It played a staring role with James Bond in the 'Goldfinger' movie, and at the 2002 Greenwich Concourse the car received the People's Choice award.

DB5 Vantage and Volante Tyres

The Aston Martin DB5 Vantage and Volante fit the same tyres as the standard Aston Martin DB5.

Aston Martin DB5 Borrani Wheels

Borrani wheels are still available for your Aston Martin DB5. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your Aston Martin DB5 Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at

Aston Martin DB5 wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

Aston Martin wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

Aston Martin DB5 Borrani