After 55 years since its original production run ended, a brand new DB5 has rolled off the Aston Martin production line once more. This isn't just any new DB5 though. This particular model is the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation program which was introduced by the British marque back in 2018. As a result, it comes with all the exciting gadgets that James Bond used in the film – nearly all of which work too.
Dubbed as “Job 1”, it is the first of only 25 brand new DB5 models to be produced by Aston Martin for the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation program. Just like this very first unit, all others will be fitted with working gadgets found in Agent 007's vehicle in the movie. The list of Bond-inspired gadgets created with EON Productions includes the smokescreen, oil slick, revolving number plates, and the telephone inside the vehicle. For an optional extra, customers could even get the removable passenger seat roof for the ejection seat.
All 25 models will be detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on the big screen. However, some sympathetic modifications and enhancements have been made to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability. As such, all cars are painted in only one color – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.
Despite being a continuation model, the cars use original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels cloaking an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure. Under the hood, there sits a 4.0-liter straight-six engine producing 290 horsepower and is paired to a 5-speed transmission. As mentioned earlier, some upgrades have been made mechanically in particular with suspension and steering.
“The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment,” said Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda.
With Aston Martin building brand new DB5 models again, albeit in limited numbers, it isn't too far off that other older models might enter limited production once more. With that in mind, what classic cars would you want to see automakers re-produce once more?