It’s not that DB5, but it does have the gadgets.
Here’s another chance for you to own a little piece of movie history. Well, sort of. This 1965 Aston Martin DB5 will look familiar to us car lovers (and film lovers) as one of the stars of Goldfinger. The car will go up for auction at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, California in August. It even has functional gadgets!
In fairness, this is not the car from Goldfinger, but it is a similar spec to that car. This is one of two cars Eon Productions ordered to promote the next 007 movie, Thunderball. As such, they never appeared in the film, but were relegated to media duty in the U.S. After the film, the cars remained in storage for a few years until British collector Lord Anthony Bamford bought both. He later sold it to B.H. Atchley, who displayed this car at the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for 35 years.
This car last went up for Auction in 2006, where it sold for $2,090,000. At that point, the majority of the car was unrestored. Now, 13 years later, we expect this pristine DB5 to fetch a lot more money.
RM Sotheby’s calls this DB5 “the most famous car in the world”. “Quite simply the most iconic car of all time, DB5/2008/R is the most legendary Aston Martin ever built, as one of the cornerstones of a marketing relationship that exists to this day,” they speak of the ongoing relationship between Aston Martin and Eon Productions.
The Monterey auction takes place between August 15 and 17. So, if you’re feeling flush and want to live out your dreams of spy gadgets and vodka martinis, this is your shot.