007’s Aston Martin to be sold for charity

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Daniel Craig will sell his Centenary Edition Aston Martin Vanquish at auction to benefit charity | Christie's photos

Although it did not appear in a movie, the 2014 Aston Martin Centenary Edition Vanquish is No. 007 and belongs to the latest actor to play James Bond, Daniel Craig, at least it does until it is sold at Christie’s The Exceptional Sale scheduled for April 20 in New York City.

All proceeds from the car’s sale will go to The Opportunity Network, a non-profit organization that “provides pathways to career development” for young people.

The actor and his car

“This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive,” Craig was quoted in Christie’s news release. “While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.”

Aston Martin produced only 100 of the Centenary Edition Vanquish cars as part of the automaker’s centennial celebration. Craig’s underwent additional customization as he worked with Aston’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman on additional features.

Christie’s expects the car, which has left-hand drive, to sell for $400,000 to $600,000.

Actor’s key comes with the car

The Centenary Edition Vanquish has a 6.0-liter V12 engine and automatic transmission and was produced with a bonded aluminum chassis and carbon-fiber bodywork. The handcrafted interior features aluminum, carbon fiber and luxury leather.

Inside and out, the car reflects Craig’s preference for denim and dark colors. The exterior is a unique midnight-blue shade and the interior is a deep blue. 

In addition to buying the car, which goes on display April 12 at Christie’s New York showroom, the winning bidder will be able to visit Gaydon, Warwickshire, and tour the Aston Martin facilities with Reichman.

For more information on the sale, visit The Exceptional Sale website.

Daniel Craig with 2014 the limited edition centennial Aston Martin Vanquish
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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