Bond fans rejoice (and save your pennies). For $3.4 million, you too can have a super spy sports car, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger.
The Bond films are full of iconography. From Sean Connery’s signature smirk to the “Bond, James Bond” catch phrase to the surf guitar riff of John Barry’s Bond theme song, there are certain essential ingredients that make a Bond film what it is. That certainly includes Bond’s infamous Aston Martin DB5.
Aston Martin figured that fans might like an opportunity to bring out their inner MI6 operative with a limited run of track-only DB5 Goldfinger continuation replicas, complete with all the Bond gadgetry. The carmaker began work on the first of 25 replicas last month and estimates it’ll be devoting 4,500 man-hours to each build.
Stylish, powerful, and full of surprises, the DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger was a perfect reflection of 007 himself. The Aston Martin DB5 was a striking car on its own, but the Silver Birch paintjob and 282bhp inline-6 of Bond’s car in Goldfinger obscured a myriad of secrets hidden just below the surface.
Buyers of the new DB5 Goldfinger will get what amounts to an Espionage Performance Package. Like the DB5 in the Bond films, replicas will come with all the spy gadgets fully deployable (though in non-lethal form of course). The DB5 Goldfinger boasts a heady array of weaponry and technical marvels (even a car phone!). These include hidden dual machine guns, front and rear battering rams, oil slick gun (this does work, though probably safer filling the reservoir with water), revolving license plates, smoke screen, faux-radar screen, a bullet-proof shield raising for the rear deck, and an ejector seat button hidden in the stick shift.
Aston Martin worked closely with EON Productions (the Bond film production house) and long-time Bond stunt and special effects coordinator Chris Carbould on the design of the DB5 Goldfinger to ensure fidelity to the original Bond DB5.
The updated DB5 Goldfinger will still feature a 4.0L inline-6, now making 290hp, paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential. Aston Martin has priced this limited run of hand-made replicas at $3.4 million USD. The first DB5 Goldfingers should ship to buyers in the latter half of the year.
In addition to the Goldfinger cars, Aston Martin also made eight carbon-bodied replicas of the DB5 for the upcoming No Time to Die. Sadly the movie has been delayed to a tentative November release.