James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 Reincarnated
One of the most recognizable cars of all time is the Aston Martin DB5. Its legendary status was cemented in the upper echelons of car connoisseurs by the James Bond movie franchise. More so with the dashing Sean Connery driving it.
Now, a limited-edition run of 28 cars is going to be re-created, complete with Q-approved gadgets to boot. A collectible for true 007 fans, each unit will be sold for a cool £2.75 million ($3.5 million) plus taxes.
The connection between the Bond name and the Aston Martin brand is so strong that the car company has dubbed its in-house customisation arm “Q by Aston Martin”.
“To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy,” said Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer, in a statement.
Just like in the 1964 Goldfinger hit movie, the car will have rotating number plates. All cars will be painted Silver Birch, just as the movie original was. So far, this is all the info that we have.
The project is a collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, and the cars will be built at Newport Pagnell, England—the original home of the DB5.
Customers will get their cars in 2020 but they will not be street legal. Out of the 28 cars built, Aston Martin and EON will each keep one, and another to be auctioned for charity.
The DB5 has been featured six times in the Bond franchise, in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.
Here’s a fun fact for Bond fans:
The original 1964 DB5 featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball—complete with guns protruding from tail lights, rotating number plates and a removable ejector roof—sold for over £2.91 million at auction in London in 2010.