It has been aptly dubbed ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’, and for good reason. First appearing in the 007 film Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 saw overwhelming appeal and success and was reintroduced into the famous follow up of Thunderball. Contracted by Eon Productions the car is only one of three living models and now, the 1965 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will go up for auction.
Expected to go for $4 million to $6 million USD, the Snow Shadow Gray DB5 will be included as one of over thirty Aston Martin’s to be auctioned off in Monterey, California – albeit with a Hollywood twist.
According to Sotheby’s, the James Bond vehicle features Q stated in the movie, including front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, a bullet-proof screen, in-dash radar tracking scope, oil, caltrop and smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates and a passenger-seat ejection system. While it was not shown within the film, the newly-restored car will also boast a telephone in the driver’s door and a hidden compartment under the driver’s seat that was used to secretly store weapons.
For any lover of vintage automotive or James Bond alike, its a collectable worthy of the price tag. The aforementioned auction will take place from August 15 – 17 at Monterey, California.
In other news from Sotheby’s, meet the investor that dropped $850,000 USD on a collection of rare and exclusive sneakers.