James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is up for sale by Surrey-based sellers and Aston Martin specialists RS Williams. The car is worth quite a fortune having been named the most famous car in the world at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The British specialist wants £3 million for the historic sports car.
The silver-birch Aston Martin DB5 was created by special effects expert John Stears also known as “the Real Q”. Ian Fleming had initially placed Bond in a DB Mark III, the DB5 was the current model by the time they released the movie Goldfinger in 1964. Two of the DB5 film cars were produced but only one had the gadgets.
This particular one is the DB5/2008/R and was used as a promotional vehicle, featuring all 13 weaponry gadgets. It was acquired through the intermediary of RM Auctions by a Swiss collector from Smoky Mountains Museum in Tennessee who had acquired it in 1971. It would later be restored by Aston Martin Heritage Beat Roos of Switzerland with all gadgets included.
The gadgets are what you would expect from a Bond car, lift the rear armrest open to access the master gadget operating switchboard where you find several switches. They have their different tasks such as operating the rear anti bullet screen, switch for rear and front bumper extension, switch to revolving number plates among others.
There’s so many stories surrounding the James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 with the most controversial being the DB5 with the chassis number DP/216/1 that was stripped of its weaponry and gadgetry by Aston Martin and then resold. It was then retrofitted by subsequent owners with other gadgets; the same car was later stolen in 1997 from its last owner in Florida and is currently still missing.
The second prototype was auctioned in 2010 by RM Auctions; used in both Goldfinger and Thunderball and had been owned by Jerry Lee, president of WBEB Radio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who originally bought the car from the Aston Martin company in 1969. At the auction, the DB5 was sold for 2,600,000 Pounds Sterling.