The timeless nature of Aston Martin’s cars is intricately tied to the timeless nature of the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond. The synergy between these classic British brands has added substantial value to both.
For Aston Martin, this value goes beyond the nebulous nature of enthusiastic customers buying the newest models to sate their personal James Bond aspirations. This value can be precisely measured in the market price of past Aston Martins made famous by 007. And the most famous Bond car — actually, the most famous car of any movie- or TV-related franchise, according to multiple surveys — is the Aston Martin DB5 first featured in the classic 1964 Bond movie, Goldfinger.
Less than 900 original Aston Martin DB5s were produced between 1963 and 1965. And while these models were always associated with the famous Secret Service agent, it wasn’t until the the last 20 years when their market value skyrocketed as Bond fans snapped up surviving examples.
In the early 2000s these car sold for well under $100,000. In 2020, they can easily cross the $1 million mark. Unless they are one of the few original DB5 Bond movie cars from the 1960s. One of those changed hands last year for $6.4 million.
If that amount seems high for a 55+ year-old car, Aston Martin will build you a brand new 1965 Aston Martin DB5 for about half that amount — or around $3.5 million. Actually, they would have built you one if you were in the right place at the right time last year. Now all 25 of these Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars have been sold, with the first one rolling off the assembly line last week.
Brand New Bond Car, With Working Gadgets
All 25 Goldfinger Continuation DB5s will be painted the same shade of Silver Birch that Q Branch issued to Mr. Bond, and all of them will feature working examples of the original DB5 Bond car gadgets. That includes a rear smoke screen and oil slick delivery system, revolving license plates, simulated front machine guns, a bullet resistant rear shield, simulated tire slasher, and a removable passenger seat roof panel (for ejecting unwanted baddies).
Inside, the classic DB5 cabin is augmented with a simulated radar screen tracker map, telephone, gear knob actuator button, armrest and center console-mouted switchgear, under-seat weapons storage rack, and a remote control for gadget activation.
Still A Vintage Car With Vintage Car Underpinnings
While the gadgets in these DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars were quite advanced in 1965, the basic mechanical foundation of these “new” versions remains vintage. They’re all powered by the same 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine (shod with triple SU carburetors) and they all deliver their 290 horsepower through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. Given these cars’ “vintage” level of emissions control and passenger safety equipment it should surprise no one to learn they are not road legal. You can sit in them and play with the gadgets, but don’t take them on any public roads.
Still, if you’re one of the 25 customers (now 24) waiting for your Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation series to roll out of the company’s Newport Pagnell factory, you’re part of an elite group. As the product of 4,500 hours of hand-built construction, with meticulous attention expended to recreate the world’s most famous movie car, you’re going to have one hell of a party prop.
And if for some reason you do decide to illegally drive the DB5 on the street…well, it does have those rotating license plates.
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