The brazen daytime theft last month of a valuable 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, the classic model so familiar to James Bond fans, has prompted a U.K.-wide appeal for information and a £1,000 ($1,320) reward for its recovery.
The DB5 Vantage coupe was stolen July 18 while parked on a residential street in the Wilmslow area of Cheshire, according to AX, an anti-fraud and theft specialist. The car is valued at more than $1 million.
The Aston Martin DB5 achieved icon status when one equipped with an array of spy gizmos was featured in the 1960s Hollywood film Goldfinger starring Sean Connery as 007. A DB5 was later shown in Casino Royale driven by the fictional British spy portrayed by Daniel Craig.
“This is a highly unusual theft in broad daylight and one we felt is of national significance,” Neil Thomas, director of Investigative Services at AX, said in a news release. “Old and young people alike have an affiliation with this classic motor which will forever be synonymous with James Bond.
“This vehicle certainly stands out and we are keen to preserve a little piece of British history and hope for its safe return.”
This DB5, chassis number DB5/2058/R, is a performance-enhanced Vantage model, its 4.0-liter inline-6 engine producing 314 horsepower. Just 65 Vantage coupes were produced in the total run of 1,023 DB5s.
Anyone with information about the missing Aston Martin should contact AX on its special dedicated website.