James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 up for auction Posted 2010/06/01 @ 10:00 AM By Myles Kornblatt
There is one car that is internationally recognized as defining timeless sophistication, and this is it. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball is up for auction.
The car started life as a Silver Birch DB5 with Dark Grey leather interior. It comes with the 4.0-liter six cylinder engine. It is noted as having one of the rare Vantage engines installed, but it is listed as having the standard DB5’s 282 hp, possibly due to triple SU carburetors in place of the Vantage’s Weber units.
The car was then given to Oscar-award-winning special effects expert, John Stears, to receive its “Q-Branch gadgets” (see details in the photo gallery). This includes machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest. The result is a car that will forever be tied to the movie icon (James Bond favored Bentleys in the books.) Watch the car go through some of its working gadgets in the video below:
Having arguably the coolest car in the world up for purchase is always an event, but in this case there is also a good purpose behind it. The car’s current owner, Jerry Lee, is also the owner of WBEB-FM in Philadelphia and founder of the Jerry Lee Foundation. The proceeds from the sale will go to the foundation, whose mission is dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. “The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” said Lee. “Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world.”
This is only one of two DB5s used for Goldfinger and Thundrerball. The other car was stolen in 1997 and has disappeared (possibly destroyed.) The car shows only about 30,500 miles on the odometer, and it has undergone a partial restoration due to lying mostly dormant since Lee acquired the car from Aston Martin in 1969.
There is still plenty of time to save up to buy this movie icon. The Sotheby’s/RM Automobiles of London auction takes place on October 27.