For those fans of the James Bond series, Aston Martin is currently building a limited run of continuation DB5s based on the car used in the movie Goldfinger, allowing you to live the Agent 007 life...sort of. But then again, do you find yourself thinking that the reproductions are not cool enough? Well, luckily an original James Bond DB5 is currently up for sale via RM Sotheby's auction. Now, if you were waiting for a sign to live the James Bond life, this is probably it.
According to RM Sotheby's, this particular DB5 was originally ordered by Eon Productions back in the day to promote the Bond movie Thunderball in the United States. The modifications found on this particular model are exactly identical to that of the DB5 featured in Goldfinger. This means that it comes with all the gadgets Agent 007 would have, including the ejector seat and matching roof cutout. Yes, they all work too.
Throughout its life, this DB5 has only had three private owners. In 2012, the car underwent a full restoration work including the refurbishing of all 13 original 'special-effects modifications' or gadgets. Because of the extensive restoration, RM Sotheby's says that the car drives like new. In fact, potential buyers will be shown the factory build sheet, prior British registration, and even the restoration photos and invoices.
What makes this Aston Martin DB5 truly special is that it is only one of four cars built to Goldfinger specifications at the time. However, only three remain as one was stolen back in the nineties and was never recovered again. Unlike the others, this particular unit was also not used for filming but was fitted with Bond gadgets since it was new.
RM Sotheby's sold this exact car back in 2006 for around $2 million prior to the restoration. The auction house expects it to be sold between $4 million (Php 209 million) to $6 million (Php 313 million) this time around. For reference, Aston Martin's Goldfinger DB5 reproduction is being sold for around Php 193 million each, not that big of a difference between the real deal Bond car.