Compared to the DB4, chassis changes included the adoption of the Girling disc brakes that had only been used on the DB4GT, along with 15” wheels. Many other improvements were incorporated including electric windows and twin hydraulic brake servos.
A DB5 Vantage was offered with 3 Weber carburettors and different camshafts to offer a higher level of performance.
A Convertible was also offered which was available with an optional steel hard top. A small number of DB5s were built as ‘shooting brakes’, a sportsman’s interpretation of a modern ‘estate’ car, by coachbuilder Harold Radford.