Aston Martin to build Goldfinger DB5 replicas
26th Aug 2018 6:00 am
Limited to 25 units, the DB5s also gets the gadgets featured on the car in the James Bond movie.
British luxury sportscar manufacturer, Aston Martin, will make 25 replicas of the DB5 used in the famous James Bond movie, Goldfinger. It will come with the gadgets seen on the car in the movie. These cars, however, will not be road-legal. The cars are part of Aston Martin’s continuation projects and will cost £3.3 million in the UK.
Three more cars in addition to the 25 will be created, with one being kept by Aston, one to go to Eon Productions (the firm behind the Bond film franchise) and another being auctioned for charity.
The gadgetry is being developed by Bond special effects supervisor Chris Corbould in collaboration with Aston’s Q bespoke department, having been officially sanctioned by Eon. They’ll be produced at Aston’s Newport Pagnell plant — the facility where the original DB5 was built.
The cars will be built to a specification true to that of the film car, including features such as revolving number plates. Modifications over the original Bond DB5 are said to boost reliability and quality compared with the film props used on the original car.
Delivery of the 25 cars starts at the end of 2019, with each going for £2.75 million plus tax, putting the UK price of the car at £3.3 million.
Aston boss Andy Palmer said: "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.”
Previously, Aston produced a DB4 continuation run of 25 cars, each sold for £1.5 million before local taxes. Jaguar Land Rover's Classics division has also carried out continuation projects, starting with a run of Jaguar D-Types built in 2014, while Lister built continuation series of its Knobbly and Costin racers.
Aston produced a car in 2014 specifically for use in the Bond film Spectre but, despite wearing the DB10 moniker, it was never released to the public. That said, the car's look influenced the new Vantage.