Pay attention 007, because James Bond's Aston Martin’s DB5, as seen in Goldfinger, lives again. Why? Because the first in a strictly limited series of 25 new DB5 cars rolled off the production lines at Aston Martin's plant this week.
In a project which has taken over 4500 hours to complete, the British car manufacturer, along with EON productions, has recreated one of the most famous cars in the world, complete with the working gadgets that made it so renowned.
The DB5 is now 55 years old, having shot to fame in 1964’s, driven by then Bond, Sean Connery. Apart from the obvious significance that comes with being the first new DB5 in over half a century, these cars also come with the added thrill of functioning Q Branch gadgets.
Each DB5 is fitted with a bullet resistant windshield, revolving rear number plates, battering rams and a removable passenger-seat roof-panel. These are just a few of the functioning added extras, but the car also includes simulated machine guns, a tyre slasher and an oil slick delivery device.
Under the bonnet, the lucky owners will find a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp.
The original DB5's top speed was 145mph and we'd expect the new model to be capable of the same, if not more. Aston Martin have made what they call “sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability,” meaning it should be an incredible drive, too.
The car retains the authentic tDB5 chassis and all 25 will come in Silver Birch paint, just like the original.
Delivery has already begun to the lucky few who can afford to own one. The price when this project was announced earlier this year was set at £2.75m ($3.4m). It’s hard to argue with a price like that for a car like this though.
And if Aston Martin don’t sign off the delivery with “Be careful 007, it’s just had a new coat of paint” then what are we even doing here?
For reference and maximum geek value, this is a list of the DB5’s Bond-inspired gadgets
- 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 tyre slasher
- Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
- Simulated radar screen tracker map
- Telephone in driver’s door
- Gear knob actuator button
- Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
- Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
- Remote control for gadget activation