Aston Martin and Bond franchise owners EON Productions are creating 25 James Bond DB5 Continuation cars, including gadgets, at £3.3 million each.
Almost two years ago, Aston Martin decided to cash-in on its history by announcing it was building 25 ‘continuation’ models of perhaps its most special car ever – the Aston Martin DB4 GT.
Having tapped a rich vein with the DB4 GT continuation cars, Aston are back for another bite of the cherry with their most famous car – the Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond film Goldfinger.
Aston Martin and EON Productions – Bond ‘owners’ – are building 25 ‘new’ Aston Martin DB5s, based on the 1964 DB5 from Goldfinger, at Newport Pagnell which, say Aston, will be faithful reproductions but with some sympathetic modifications.
AML are even enlisting Bond special effects guru Chris Corbould to deliver some of the DB5’s gadgets – including revolving numberplates – for the cars, each of which can only be had in the original Silver Birch paint job.
With a total of seven appearances in Bond films – Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre – the DB5 is hands-down the most famous, and coveted, movie car of all time, and we can’t imagine Aston will have too much trouble finding homes for them.
In addition to the 25 cars built for sale, Aston will build a further three; one each for AML and EON and one to auction for charity.
Andy Palmer, Aston Martin boss, said:
The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years. To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.
Each Aston Martin DB5 Continuation will costs £2.75 million plus tax (that’ll be £3.3 million in the UK), with first cars ready for delivery in 2020.