James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, dubbed “the most-famous car in the world” after its appearance in the 1964 film Goldfinger, springs back to life as Aston Martin creates a limited run of DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars.
Just 25 of the iconic DB5 coupes will be built, the company says, all in Birch Silver like the original 007 car, and also festooned with working replicas of the spy gadgets that so excited movie audiences of the 1960s.
According to Aston Martin, the James Bond equipment includes:
• Rear smokescreen delivery system.
• Rear simulated oil-slick delivery system.
• Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates).
• Simulated twin front machine guns.
• Bullet-resistant rear shield.
• Battering rams front and rear.
• Simulated tire slasher.
• Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment).
• Simulated radar-screen tracker map.
• Telephone in driver’s door.
• Gear knob actuator button.
• Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear.
• Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray.
• Remote control for gadget activation.
Some of those gadgets will be illegal in many places in the US and around the world, with police most-likely frowning on such antics as creating smoke screens or firing fake machine guns in traffic. But still, Bond fans should get plenty of kicks showing them off in the driveway.
“Each of the 25 new cars is being built to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship,” Aston Martin said in a news release, “with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special-effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.”
The DB5 Goldfinger series is part of Aston Martin’s Continuation program that began with the DB4 GT Continuation in 2017, with limited-edition cars hand-built at the premium automaker’s factory in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
Most of the DB5 Goldfinger cars have been sold pre-production, with a price tag of around $3.4 million. First deliveries are scheduled for later this year.
There was no word in the news release about one of the most-famous of 007 gadgets, the passenger ejection seat that sent bad guys soaring through the roof. After the recent management turmoil within the company, that might have been an unwelcome addition.