The James Bond Aston Martin DB5 is now on public display in the lobby of Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters in New York ahead of it’s auction from 15th – 17th August this year.
This special 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is one of just three surviving examples and has undergone extensive restoration, including the addition of 13 fully-working Bond gadgets as pictured in Goldfinger and Thunderball. The below video shows Bond’s unique gizmos in action:
This DB5 is fitted with all 13 gadgets and was used in the United States on a promotional tour of Thunderball. The list of baddie-defeating gadgets include: rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, dual Browning .303 calibre machine guns upfront, wheel mounted tyre spikes, a raising rear bullet-proof screen, a radar tracking scope, caltrop spike, oil slick and smoke screen dispensers, revolving licence plates, a telephone to communicate with MI6, various compartments for storing weaponry and of course, passenger-seat ejection.
Since new, this car has only had three private owners and was lovingly restored in 2012 to bring it back to its former glory. However, we wouldn’t recommend using the Caltrop spikes or oil slicks on the motorway!
The auction is expected to attract some of the world’s biggest car collectors and will be part of ‘An Evening With Aston Martin’, which features over 30 of the most sought-after road-going and track Aston Martins ever made.
Dubbed as ‘the most famous car in history’ this DB5 is expected to fetch anywhere from $4-6 million and is a must-have for the die-hard Bond fan with a chunky wallet.