Some material is so inextricably connected that we can’t imagine the two ever splitting. Case in point: The Aston Martin DB5 and the James Bond. Aston Martin is well aware of its association with the movie assassin, and the British manufacturer has set about bringing back to life with 25 commemorative cars the Aston Martin DB5 from the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger.
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The latest DB5s are facsimiles of the original movie vehicle, which have aluminum body panels that cover the steel frame elegantly. Both the cars are also painted in the same exact shade of Silver Birch paint as Bond ‘s vehicle. Under the bonnet … sorry, hood … sits a natural-aspirated 4.0-liter straight-six engine — the very same displacement and cylinder configuration as the original DB5—that makes a smidge under 300 hp.
The engine transmits its power via a five-speed manual gearbox made by ZF to the rear wheels. A limited-slip differential also means that the grunting between the two drive wheels is evenly spread. The cars sport front-end coil-overs, a live axle at the rear, and manual rack-and – pinion steering. But not all of that. These DB5s also feature plenty of goodies from Q, thanks to their connection to 007.
In reality, the vehicles feature many of the same devices that Bond has at his hands in the movie, including the revolving front license plates, radar detection device, bullet resistant rear shield, oil slick device, and even the machine guns that pop out of the front turn signals. The only thing that’s lacking is a real passenger-side ejector belt, but that could be for the better. However, for a little extra theater, you can choose a sliding roof panel over the passenger ‘s head.
You’re going to pay a whopping $3.5 million for one of these rare Astons. That’s even more than standard DB5s, which appear to sell below the 1 million dollar limit. Sadly, that’s just the price you have to pay for trying to be as good as James Bond. Sadly, if you want to relive that Bond dream. You’re too late — not one of these 007-inspired Aston Martins is left unclaimed.