Aston Martin has announced plans to build a ‘continuation’ line of brand-new DB5 machines identical to the machine Sean Connery drove as James Bond in Goldfinger.
Developed by Aston Martin Works and EON Productions, the limited run of 25 cars will feature “working gadgets” supervised by the team responsible for a number of Bond films.
The British brand says customers can expect to find “functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates and more”. It may be difficult to include smokescreens, concealable machine guns and an ejector seat in vehicles sold to the public. Aston Martin says the vehicle “is not road legal”, though that is unlikely to prevent some owners from taking to the road, as was the case for the track-only Vulcan hypercar.
New hardware with “sympathetic modifications” should make the reborn DB5 more reliable than before. Set to be powered by a 4.0-litre, six-cylinder engine with around 210kW of power, the new machine will be much slower than modern Aston Martins such as the Vantage or DBS Superleggera.
It will be more expensive, too, limited to 25 units priced from £2.75 million ($4.8m) plus taxes. Factor in Australia’s 10 per cent GST, 5 per cent import duty and 33 per cent luxury car tax and the total exceeds $7 million at today’s exchange rates.
That represents a premium over classic models. A DB5 which served as Pierce Brosnan’s ride in Goldeneye sold at auction for £1,961,500 ($3.43m) last month.
Built using classic techniques at the same Newport Pagnell site where the original DB5 was assembled, the Goldfinger DB5 continuation car offers a rare opportunity for collectors to take home a brand new car designed more than five decades ago.
It follows Aston Martin's reproduction DB4 GT racing car intended for motorsport enthusiasts, and a similar program for competition versions of Jaguar's E-Type.
Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer says the DB5 remains “the definitive James Bond car”.
“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,” he says.
“The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.”
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