Aston Martin's 'Goldfinger' DB5 Continuation Is Full of Hidden Gadgets

Ceria Alfonso
May 16, 2019

Since Aston Martin's own in-house Q-Branch announced last August that it was to build from scratch 25 brand new Goldfinger DB5 cars - complete with gadgets from the classic 1964 James Bond movie - its engineers have been hard at work perfecting them. Now the firm's Works Division has shown us several of the gadgets under development in the programme, led by Academy Award-winning special-effects creator and Bond film veteran Chris Corbould.

It will come with machine guns, revolving number plates, battering rams, a smoke screen delivery system, bullet resistant rear pop-up shield and something to simulate an oil slick.

The 20th Bonhams Aston Martin sale will see almost 70 years of British motor history up for auction, from a 1952 Lagonda to a 2019 Vanquish Zagato shooting brake.

For the first time in nearly 55 years Aston Martin is once again building one of the most iconic sports cars in the world as engineering development continues on the forthcoming Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars. In case all of that isn't enough, the auto will have extendable front and rear battering rams.

The effort is to make this continuation auto fully resemble the 1964 DB5s in all respects including the color -Silver Birch.

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But unlike on film, there is limited "licence to cheat" when recreating the cars at Aston Martin's classics and special editions factory in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Each auto will include a host of dangerous-sounding options, just like the one in the movie, Aston Martin said. It will sell each vehicle for a whopping $3.5 million.

Some of the devices from the original movie vehicle aren't shown here, including the tire slashers that extend from the wheel hubs, the revolving license plates, and the ejector seat. The price may seem high but it's a relative bargain compared to one of the actual cars used in the film.

All eyes will be on this year's top lot, a 1963 DB4 series V convertible that's one of only 70 ever made, which is expected to sell for between CA$1.2 million and CA$1.3 million. The only other complete auto used in the James Bond films was stolen in 1997 and its whereabouts are now unknown, according to Hagerty Insurance, a company that insures collectible cars. Two of those three will go to the Aston and EON companies, and the third will be auctioned off for charity.

However, owners will only be able to drive their cars on private land as they are not road legal.

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