The James Bond car set a new record for the most expensive DB5 to ever sell at auction.
It's not every day you get the opportunity to own the most famous car in the world, but somebody is now the proud new owner of an original Aston Martin DB5 built to promote the 1965 James Bond film 'Thunderball.'
The iconic movie car recently went under the hammer at RM Sotheby's Monterey Car Week as part of a special 'Evening with Aston Martin' sale where it sold for $6,385,000, exceeding original auction estimates of between $4,000,000 and $6,000,000. It also set a new record for the most expensive DB5 to ever sell at auction. At the same auction, a rare 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake sold for $1,765,000.
This specific Aston Martin DB5 is one of two DB5s bought by Eon Productions to promote Thunderball and one of four built to the same specification as the DB5 that featured in the 1964 James Bond film 'Goldfinger'. Yes, that means it was fitted with working gadgets including Browning .30-caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub-mounted tire slashers, a retractable rear bulletproof screen, oil-slick, revolving license plates, and a passenger-seat ejection system.
After its promotional tour, the DB5 was bought by renowned collector Lord Anthony Bamford, who then sold it to the owner of the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Tennessee, where it remained on display for 35 years. It was then sold at an auction in 2006 before receiving a comprehensive restoration in Switzerland.
"These DB5s are amazing. I remember the Furka Pass tire-shredding, as well as the promotional events with these cars-they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball. In fact, I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently," said Sean Connery, who played James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
If you missed out on the chance to own this iconic movie car, Aston Martin is building 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars complete with working gadgets.