I started my relationship with 1455L as a teenager in 1969, by helping the previous owner clean it and bring it's faded red paint back to luster. In 1983 I was able to purchase the car and found that much work was required to make it roadworthy. Along the way marriage and parenthood came into the story and the DB5 was kept in the garage, under cover, and used to hide the kid's Christmas presents.
On my 19th anniversary of ownership, I brought a bottle of Bollinger and sat in the dusty interior and decided that it was time to make her glorious again.
I called Kevin Kay Restorations and told him it was time to move forward. The car was in good restorable condition and Kevin helped me keep it as true as possible to the build sheet.
Only 42 DB5's left Newport Pagnell wearing Fiesta Red paint. My understanding is that several of those have been verified color changed. Our car was optioned with a ZF 5m gearbox, NormalAire conditioning and Borrani 3 earred spinners. I did not perform the 4.2 conversion or any suspension modifications. I simply wanted to enjoy the car as if I had walked into a showroom in 1964 and drove it home.
That transformation was completed in 2005 and for the last 15 years our DB5 has become a family member. We have shown and won many local events, used it in both daughter's weddings, and driven it many miles of enjoyment.
Still today, I am the faithful custodian of 1455L and enjoy it's upkeep as much as I did in my youth.
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