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James Bond’s Aston DB5 sold for $6.38m

Plus, a wonderful DB5 Shooting Brake went for $1.76m

Published: 16 Aug 2019

The Aston Martin DB5 used in the promotion of 007 film Thunderball has sold at auction for $6,385,000. Not a bad price for a car that’s never actually been up on the silver screen.

But it was officially bought by the company that produces all the James Bond movies, and is indeed equipped with a plethora of functioning Bond-spec gadgets that are still in working order today (they were recommissioned in the last decade).

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It was sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, and the lucky new owner will get a proper bit of Bond history. This car started out as a ‘press’ car, but was actually equipped – by Aston Martin no less – with things like tyre slashers, a retractable bulletproof screen, oil-slicks, smoke screen dispensers and a revolving licence plate.

And it’s rare, too. Only four Goldfinger-spec DB5s were ever built, one of which has been lost since 1997. Another one of the four had gadgetry retro-fitted; this car, the DB5/2008/R, was built with all of those toys from the start, and over the course of 50 years has had but three owners. One of those kept it in a museum inside a bolted-down wire-mesh cage for 35 years.

Sean Connery, unsurprisingly, rather likes the DB5. Before this car was sold, he said: “These DB5s are amazing. I remember the Furka Pass tyre shredding, as well as the promotional events with these cars.

“I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently,” he added. So there you go. Actual James Bond has bagged himself a DB5. If you want a shelebrity - sorry, celebrity - endorsement, surely it gets no better.

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Oh, and remember that wonderful DB5 Shooting Brake we showed you recently? That sold for $1,765,000, too.

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