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Peter Roberts

Aston Martin DB5 Brakes?

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I am trying to discover what brakes were fitted to the original (ie. as originally manufactured) Aston Martin DB5 and have tried Google without success.

 

Am I correct in believing the original Aston Martin DB5 has drum brakes?

 

A search shows all sorts of disc brakes, but these look to be replacements or upgrades.

 

PR

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I spent hours working in the 4-wheel disk brakes on my father's DB-4. Can't imagine drums would have been fitted on the follow-on model. 

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Are you specifically interested only in the use by Aston Martin?  Mike Hawthorn's Championship Year tells how Peter Collins insisted on disc brakes for his personal Ferrari (a 250GT?) and after Peter's death in 1958 Mike arranged to have them transferred to his Grand Prix Dino 246.  This must have predated the Aston DB4GT by a few years.

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AFAIK, Aston Martin used dics brakes from the beginning of DB4 production in 1958, initially Dunlop discs but soon replaced by a Girling system.

Steve.

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The first really successful use of disk brakes on cars would have been by Jaguar on their C Types at Le Mans in 1953.

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You might be interested in the original September 1964 Autocar road test of the DB5

Aston Martin DB5 Road Test 1964

 

Open the link in a new tab and click on each page to enlarge - they generally come up in two stages of enlargement

 

Edited by Work In Progress

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The Napier-Railton at Brooklands has disc brakes (rear only as far as I could see) fitted in late 40s for (aircraft) parachute braking testing.  But @elderly is right about first well known use being Le Mans Jags.  
In his books IIRC Hawthorn suggests Ferrari’s antipathy to discs was “not invented here” syndrome; pretty much everyone in the motor trade and racing knew discs were the way ahead from mid-50s, though it would be a while before some manufacturers could be bothered -BL I’m looking at you, cooking  Minis were  still drums all round well into the 80’s!  I still have the special spanner for the miserable fortnightly adjustment, though it’s fortunately remained unused for 35 years.

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The first high volume cars fitted with disc brakes in the UK were the 1961 Ford Classic (front wheels only) and 1959 MkII Jaguar (all round).

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I have a 1960 Mark 2 Jaguar, it has a badge on the rear bumper warning other drivers the car in front has disk brakes.

Presumably this was to stop them driving into the back of it when the Jaguar stopped quicker than they could !

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I believe that the first production saloon with all round disks (Dunlop) was the Jensen 541 De Luxe in 1957, same brakes that Jaguar later fitted to the Mk2.  

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