James Bond car
Described as 'the world's most famous car', the 1965 DB5 includes Browning .30 caliber machine guns, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers and revolving license plates.
Auctioneer RM Sotheby's is expecting the motor to fetch between $4m and $6m (3.1 - 4.7m) when it goes under the hammer on August 15 The lots is described as a highly desirable acquisition for the serious marque collector or secret agent. Two modified cars were built to be used in the iconic bond flick Goldfinger; one for stunt driving and chase sequences, and the other for interior shots and close-ups The gadgets were designed by special effects whizz John Stears after he visited Aston Martins Newport-Pagnell plant in late 1963. As Q explained to 007, the DB5 was equipped with front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers and more It was also equipped with a telephone in the drivers door to communicate with MI6 headquarters and a hidden compartment under the drivers seat for weapons. The success of Goldfinger was also a success for Aston Martin, which saw DB5 sales surge to unprecedented levels Bosses at Eon Productions took notice of the potential marketing opportunities and ordered two more DB5 saloons in preparation for Thunderballs release Sean Connery, who originally portrayed James Bond on film in both Goldfinger and Thunderball, said: These DB5s are amazing. These cars were fitted with all the Goldfinger modifications and shipped to the United States to promote Thunderball. It is one of these which is being sold at auction. After the US promo tour for Thunderball the cars were bought by a collector in 1969 and sold to a museum in Tennessee where they spent 35 years on display. I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball" The car has had just three private owners over 50 years and will be sold after a full restoration of all its gadgets. It will be the star attraction among 120 other rare Aston Martins at the sale in Monterey, California. RM Sothebys car specialist, Barney Ruprecht said: No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5." This is a rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style and were honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin.