James Bond Aston Martin DB5 for sale Original movie hero's car goes under the hammer

08 June 2010

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James Bond's company car is going under the hammer

The most famous movie car of all time is up for auction. The Aston Martin DB5 that appeared in the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) will be going under the hammer in London on October 27. So, if your pockets are deep enough, this could be your chance to own a piece of motor movie history.

007 specification adds to DB5 allure

Of course, any standard Aston Martin DB5 would be deemed very special by petrolheads, but this particular example is one of just two remaining cars that were involved in the making of the iconic Bond movies.

Officially registered as FMP 7B, this 1964 Aston Martin DB5 has had the entire Q options list thrown at it. Non-standard specification includes a revolving numberplate, bullet-proof shield, tracking device, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all of which are controlled from switches in the centre arm rest. Sure beats messing around with a cup holder, though that's probably been modified to fit martini glasses and champagne flutes too.

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Irritating passengers can be dealt with swiftly

Low mileage, one careful owner?

OK, it may not have had one careful owner, but James Bond’s DB5 only has around 30,000 miles on the clock. That means there’s plenty of life left in it.

Cheque books at the ready

Here comes the bad news. Event organiser, RM Auctions says the car has been owned and cherished by Philadelphia-area radio station owner Jerry Lee since 1969, and predicts the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will achieve around £4 million when it goes under the hammer. 

Though incredibly steep, buyers have been assured that all proceeds from the sale will be used to boost the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, especially in American inner cities, which suffer from concentrated pockets of poverty. So you could always think of ownership as one incredibly generous donation.  

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