A vintage Aston Martin DB5 equipped with all the James Bond gadgets used in the 1964 classic Goldfinger film has sold at auction for a staggering $6.4million (£5.3million).
The 1965 model was kitted out with with several of 007’s greatest tools, including pop-out machines guns, a bullet-proof shield and and tyre slashers.
The vehicle – described as ‘the most famous car in the world’ – went under the hammer earlier today as part of a special Aston Martin event at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale.
The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 custom made as a replica of the car used in Goldfinger and Thunderball sold at the Monterey RM Sotheby’s auction for $6.4 million on Thursday
The model, which is now over 50 years old, is complete with several Bond features including a bullet-proof shield covering the back window, and other mechanisms hidden in the tires and chassis of the car
The first James Bond Sean Connery stands in front of a DB5 that is believed to have been used in the Goldfinger and Thunderball films, which followed on from the success of Dr No and From Russia With Love
Although the car was never seen in Bond films, it matches the one that was driven by Sean Connery in the cult movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.
The vehicle was commissioned by filmmaker Eon Productions and used at promotional events for Thunderball in the United States, the auction house said.
It includes 13 modifications created for Bond, including a Browning 30-caliber machine gun in each bumper, tyre slashers mounted on its wheel hubs and a bulletproof rear screen that can be raised and lowered from behind the rear windscreen.
The model has been described as ‘the most famous car in the world’, though this one never featured in one of the flicks
The stunning interior has been given a full refurbishment of the upholstery and dashboard. Included in the auction lot will be a solid prop Mauser C96 pistol (pictured on the seat), and a plastic knife and grenade
No space for luggage: The DB5’s boot is packed with technology, including gas canisters the bullet proof shield which springs up
There are a total of 13 modifications created for Bond by the MI6 weapons-master Q, including a Browning .30 caliber machine guns that fitted behind lightbulbs in each fender
Tyre slasher fitted to the wheel hubs extend out to immobilise the vehicle used by Bond’s biggest rivals
The gear stick can be flipped open to reveal the iconic red button for the ejector seat – Bond used it in Goldfinger to eject a would-be assassin from the car
One of the interior control panels in the original Aston Martin DB5 car, one of just three surviving examples, fitted with James Bond specifications and gadgetry
RM Sotheby’s said the Bond modifications had been ‘properly refurbished to function as originally built,’ and has had three private owners over 50 years.
Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said: ‘No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5.
‘The DB5 is the iconic cornerstone of a marketing relationship that still exists to this day—with the model’s collectible status rooted largely in its 007 fame—and we look forward to exciting car and film enthusiasts alike in the lead up to the auction.
‘This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin.’
Ahead of its time in 1964, Bond even had an in-dash radar tracking scope which displays a map of the home counties beside a series of knobs and switches
The DB series of Aston Martins is named after one-time owner David Brown, who bought the company for £30,000 in 1946 after test driving the Atom
DB5 models had an all-aluminium 4.0-litre engine, a new robust ZF five-speed transmission and was capable of 145mph
Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said: ‘No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5’
Though probably not advisable to make use of, the front bumper contained hydraulic battering rams which Bond made good use of in the films
‘This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin,’ continued Mr Ruprecht