James Bond Approved: 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Headed to Auction
This particular DB5 up for auction was the actual movie car used during "Goldfinger" (1964) and "Thunderball" (1965), driven by Sean Connery himself. Like in the movies, the DB5 comes equipped with the requisite spy gear, including machine guns, bulletproof shield, revolving license plate (complete with original U.K. registration FMP 7B), detachable roof panel, tracking device, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader, wheel scythes, and smoke screen emitter. The press release didn't state if munitions were included, but the car was recently re-commissioned by RM Auto Restoration.
After receiving its star treatment, the DB5 was sold to radio broadcaster Jerry Lee of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $12,000 in 1969. Lee is putting the classic movie car up for sale to benefit the Jerry Lee Foundation, a charitable program dedicated to poverty-related social issues. While a DB5 replica would have generated $217,000 to $289,000 in auction last year, the authentic model -- and the lone remaining example to boot -- is expected to pull over $5 million.
"The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," said Jerry Lee. "Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world."
The 007-spec DB5 will hit the auction block at the Automobiles of London event October 27.
Source: RM Auctions