Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation Series 2019
Aston Martin has kicked off the production process for its Goldfinger DB5 continuation model. The British company is working in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports car at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. This is the very same place where the original DB5 was manufactured between 1963 and 1965.
James Bond fans know the DB5 was featured in six additional movies of the blockbuster franchise after appearing in Goldfinger (1964), starring in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015).
A number of functioning devices will be implemented inspired by the James Bond movies. The film’s special effects guru Chris Corbould is helping Aston Martin’s team with the development and testing of these gadgets. The devices vary from battering rams that deploy from the front bumper to a retractable bullet-proof rear screen and oil slick delivery system.
List of all exterior and interior James Bond-inspired modifications to the Goldfinger DB5:
- Rear smoke screen delivery system
- Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
- Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
- Simulated twin front machine guns
- Bullet resistant rear shield
- Battering rams front and rear
- Simulated radar screen tracker map
- Telephone in driver’s door
- Gear knob actuator button
- Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
- Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
Aston Martin promises that all newly-built cars will be “authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen” featuring some “sympathetic modifications” to ensure they meet the brand’s strict requirements for build quality and reliability. This also means all 25 examples will be finished in Silver Birch paint, just like the original James Bond car.
Each of the 25 cars is priced at £2.75 million before taxes, which works out to about $3.5 million at current exchange rates. First deliveries are scheduled for 2020. A further three cars will be built – two for Aston Martin and EON to keep, as well as a third car to be auctioned for charity.
The vehicles won’t be road legal.
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