It was widely expected that the gizmo-laden 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in several James Bond movies would fetch a princely sum, but the final sale price undoubtedly left bidders shaken, not stirred.
The car, one of two vehicles prepared for the Goldfinger film and the only one used for driving sequences, was sold at RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London event yesterday evening for a whopping $4.1 million dollars.
After starring in both the Goldfinger and Thunderball films, the pair of custom DB5s, fitted with gadgets like retractable machine guns, a pop-up rear shield, ejector seat, and revolving license plates — were returned to Aston Martin. Although the special effects car was stripped of its spy equipment and sold to a customer as a standard road car, Aston kept this particular DB5 intact for promotional purposes (the effects car was later retrofitted with the gadgets, stolen, and is now believed to have been destroyed).
The Bond-spec DB5 toured the auto show circuit for several years, but in 1969, American radio magnate Jerry Lee pestered Aston Martin to sell him the car. The company relented, and Lee purchased the DB5 for a whopping $12,000. Since then, the car has been sheltered inside a purpose-built room within his house, venturing only to three car shows in the past forty years.
Lee’s sale, designed to help fund and further his philanthropic foundation, allowed Ohio businessman Harry Yeaggy to purchase his dream car.
“This is a car that I’ve always wanted,” Yeaggy said. “After all, it is the most famous car in the world. My plan is to display it in my private car museum in Ohio just as it is.”
Yeaggy’s purchase also netted a family vacation at the GoldenEye Hotel and Resort in Jamaica — built from Bond author Ian Fleming’s former estate — along with a custom tailored suit from Gieves & Hawkes, which crafted suits for Sean Connery’s six Bond roles.
If you missed out on the DB5 but still want to pay tribute to the Aston-Bond relationship, you’re in luck. Aston Martin announced its DB9 is now available in Quantum Silver — a hue matching that used on the DBS featured in the last Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
Source: RM Auctions; Aston Martin