To help launch a new generation of car enthusiasts, Aston Martin and The Little Car Company are producing an electric-powered, 2/3-scale version of James Bond’s favorite car. The Aston Martin DB5 Junior will be available in standard and Vantage, and for prices starting at £35,000 ($46,160).
As with the original DB5, only 1,059 units will be produced. People already owning an adult-sized DB5 can order their Junior version with the same chassis number.
The companies said the junior cars have been in development for 15 months and are based on 3D scans of an original DB5 “to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.”
Oh, and since the cars are being produced in 2/3 scale, they can fit an adult and a child sitting side by side so multiple generations can enjoy the drive.
The cars are built on an aluminum honeycomb chassis with a composite body to “provide a very rigid platform.” The cars weigh about 600 pounds, each powered by a 6.7-horsepower electric motor that can propel it to a top speed of 30 mph, the makers said.
There is a “novice” mode that limits the car to 12 mph.
“Like its big brother, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the modern era,” the companies report. “The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. Finally, the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
“A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel sits in front of the dash, but now sports a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver.”
In addition to the standard car, a Vantage version is available with 13.4 horsepower, a lighter carbon-fiber body, a limited-slip differential and a second battery pack that extends range to 40 miles, depending on driving style. Base price on the Vantage Junior is £45,000 ($60,350).
Cars wear Silver Birch color but customers can customize their Junior cars to match full-size versions. Other options included car covers, tool kits, custom number plates, and more.
Sorry, kids, no working machine guns or other 007 weapons. However, there will be a DB5 Junior car club that plans events that will allow the cars to be driven at various famous racing tracks.
For more information, visit the DB5 Junior website.