James Bond Car for Sale
A gadget-packed Aston Martin that was used to promote the James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” is being sold by a U.K. car dealership, priced at 3 million pounds or $4.6 million.
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The mid-1960s silver coupe, one of just four original 007 Aston Martin DB5's, is in the showrooms of the Cobham, Surrey dealer R.S. Williams Ltd, a specialist in the marque.
The company would not identify the Swiss seller.
The car’s chassis number matches that of the one owned by businessman Thomas Straumann. He acquired the car in 2006 for 2.7 million Swiss francs ($2.9 million now) and had it restored, according to a 2010 report in Bilanz magazine.
In the 1964 movie “Goldfinger,” gadget-master “Q” tells a disbelieving Bond to pay attention before introducing the car’s “rather interesting modifications.”
These include an ejector seat, retractable machine guns, rotating number plates, a bullet-proof rear window, electronic tracking and an oil slick sprayer.
This Swiss-owned DB5, chassis number 2008, has been restored and features many of the devices, activated by switches in the central armrest. The car had been acquired by its owner from the Smoky Mountain Museum in Tennessee, R.S. Williams said in its catalog.
“The Bond films made Aston Martin a famous marque,” Richard Williams, the dealership’s managing director, said in an interview. “Far fewer people would have heard of the cars if it hadn’t been for 007.”
Another version of the Bond DB5, driven by Sean Connery in “Goldfinger,” was sold by RM Auctions in London for 2.9 million pounds with fees in October 2010.
Billed at the public sale as “the most famous car in the world,” chassis number 1486 attracted little competition and was bought in the saleroom by the Ohio-based collector Harry Yeaggy. The presale low estimate had been 3.5 million pounds, based on hammer prices.
The original prototype used in the filming of both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” had its gadgets removed and was stolen from a hangar in Florida. It has never been found. The fourth car, also used for promotional purposes, is in Dutch collector Evert Louwman’s motor museum.
This latest 007 DB5 has been on the market for three weeks.
“We’ve had one offer so far, from an English collector, that was too low,” Williams said. “A person who collects important things will eventually find us.”
Here is the link to the sales room website. http://www.rswilliams.co.uk/