Aston Martin is building 25 DB5 gadget cars for £2.75 million each
When it comes to film cars, nothing matches the Silver Birch Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. And thanks to Aston Martin Works, 25 lucky owners will be able to step into Sean Connery's shoes through DB5 continuation cars, each coming in at a cool £2.75 million before taxes.
The cars aren't restored DB5s and are instead brand new cars that have used CAD software to recreate every body panel to the exact '60s specifications. And on top of the classic lines and iconic colour, you'll get all the gadgets that once saw Bond take on Auric Goldfinger.
Currently, Aston Martin Works has combined with EON Productions’ Oscar-winning special effects guru Chris Corbould to produce four of the gadgets, those being the guns at the front, the revolving number plate, the smoke screen and the oil slick.
The team behind these cars is also working towards a carbon kevlar rear screen, aesthetic solutions to the wheel spinners and the ejector seat; sadly, health and safety will probably get in the way of fully-functioning versions of those.
None of these continuation cars will be road legal, seeing as the traditional design and manufacture process falls well short of any modern road safety legislation.
Although we reckon that some of the extremely owners will find some sort of solution to this, expect to only see one of these cars at events like Pebble Beach or the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The 25 units will be built at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire – the historic home of the brand for more than half a century and the place where all 898 original DB5 sportscars were manufactured between 1963 and 1965.
The sad thing is, the original gadget car from the film is nowhere to be found. Once filming ended for Goldfinger, it was stripped of its weaponry and then later bought by a private owner who botched trying to put it back to film spec. It was then stolen from an aircraft hangar in America and has never been seen again.
The original design drawings, with some features that never made it to the film like the bladed bumpers and searchlight
If all goes well during production, expect to see:
• Rear smoke screen delivery system
• Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
• Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
• Simulated twin front machine guns
• Bullet resistant rear shield battering rams front and rear
• Simulated radar screen tracker map
• Telephone in driver’s door
• Gear knob actuator button
• Arm rest- and centre console-mounted switchgear
• Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
• Optional ejector seat teaser
Additionally, it's not like these trinkets need to only work once or twice like in a film. These cars are being sold for people to own for a lifetime, meaning that each gadget has to be robust enough to cope with constant demonstrations.
Chris Corbould explained: "The guns appearing from the front lights were a particular challenge as, in the film world, we are able to use flammable gas mixtures combined with an ignition system to produce a flame and noise effect. Clearly this is not practical in untrained hands, so we have devised a new system to achieve a realistic effect.”
Wits 25 units to celebrate the 25th Bond filming being created, we can't imagine the excitement that an owner will feel when one of these beauties rolls into their driveway next summer.