An Aston Martin DB5 in full James Bond specification is set to head to auction with an estimated selling price of up to £4.7m.
The car is a 1965 DB5 that was used as part of a North American promotional tour for the fourth James Bond film, Thunderball.
This DB5 has been fully restored, right down to the classic 007 gadgets, including a Browning.30 caliber machine gun on each front quarter panel, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers and much more besides.
The incredibly rare machine—one of just three cars commissioned by Bond filmmaker Eon Productions at the time—is set for auction at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on August 15, with an estimate between $4m (£3.1m) and $6m (£4.7m).
Sean Connery, who portrayed the iconic secret agent in Thunderball, commented on the Aston: “These DB5s are amazing – I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars – they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball, in fact, I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently.”
Barney Ruprecht, a Car Specialist at the auction house, said: “No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5.
“The DB5 is the iconic cornerstone of a marketing relationship that still exists to this day—with the model’s collectible status rooted largely in its 007 fame—and we look forward to exciting car and film enthusiasts alike in the lead up to the auction.”
Ruprecht added: “This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin.”
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