Fans of James Bond films will instantly recognise the Aston Martin DB5 seen here. It’s on auction, so you can start saving up now. How much? To go under the hammer on October 27 through RM Auctions in association with Sotheby’s, Bond’s DB5 is expected to fetch in excess of $5 million. Proceeds will go to charity.
With its familiar UK registration plate, FMP 7B, this DB5 is one of two remaining cars from the original 007 films featuring Sean Connery at the wheel. The other unit fetched more than $2 million in 2006.
The wow factor here is the fact that FMP 7B comes with all the gadgets for Bond by Q. Bidders can expect machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from switches in the DB5’s centre armrest.
Owner history? This unit was loaned to EON productions for the filming of Goldfinger and Thunderball and was eventually returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after its promotional tour. American radio broadcaster, Jerry Lee, then bought it off the factory for a measly $12,000 in 1969. He has owned it ever since and the car has been rarely seen in public.
This example is in mint condition after recently undergoing a recommissioning program by experts at RM Auto Restoration. It’s now active and running perfectly after many years of lying dormant.