Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin DB5 Tyres
- The DB5 was in production from 1963–1965, making a total of 1,059 cars. The DB5 is the most famous and iconic Bond car, first appearing in 1964's Goldfinger!
- Aston Martin DB5 originally fitted either 670 H 15 Avon Turbospeed crossply tyres or 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- The best inner tube for these standard sizes is the Michelin 15F inner tube.
- Another option is a taller radial 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72 (It is important to note, this tyre is not guaranteed to fit all DB5 cars, because Aston Martin are hand built, so every body is a bit different) See the pictures below.
- The tube we would suggest for a 205-15 tyre is a 15/17H Michelin inner tube.
- Aston Martin DB5 tyre pressures are typically set to 34psi front & 36psi rear, but this may vary depending on the tyres you have.
- One of the best upgrades you can do to a DB5 is fit Borrani wheels, just as 007 James Bond did.
- For more information on inner tubes, see our inner tube guide.
Other Options for Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin DB5 fitted with Michelin XWX Classic Tyres
The Aston Martin DB5 fitted a 670 H 15 Avon Turbospeed, cross ply tyre, the best radial alternatives would be the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 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 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX and the 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72 ™ would be the best available options for the DB5 Aston Martin because of its period design and handling.
Aston Martin DB5 fitted with the 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 Classic Tyres.
As you can see from the pictures above the 205 WR 15 CN72 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ HS fills the wheel arches much better than the 215/70ZR15 PIRELLI P4000.
What were the original tyres an Aston Martin DB5?
Aston Martin fitted 670 H 15 Avon TurboSpeed. However if you want the top spec and asked Aston to fit radial tyres then they fitted the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 & maybe even Borrani wheels.
What are the best tyres for an Aston Martin DB5?
185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 are the best standard tyres for a DB5. If you would like something slightly taller Pirelli Make the 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72, which still has a period carcass so will handle much better than a modern tyre on an old car. Worth noting that because the DB5 is a bespoke car, every body is different, in fact every wheel arch is different, so there is a slight possibility they might not fit your car.
What tyre pressures should a DB5 have?
We would suggest 34psi in t he front and 36psi in the rear.
What are the best wheels for a DB5?
Borrani make some fantastic aluminium wire wheels that were the period upgrade for a DB5 and fitted as standard tp the DB4 GT Zagato.
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 Hill climb 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 decreased the overall performance. The 0-60 time was 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 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 hugely 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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