T​here are few cars more iconic than James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, making its first debut In the 1964 Movie "Goldfinger" it instantly resinated with people as Bond's next ride. The DB5 has remained a classic symbol of 007 and pristine examples of the DB5 are now worth well over $1,000,000.

H​owever, our story starts way back in 1986, when a Florida property developer named Anthony Pugliese purchased the car for a very good price, $275,000. It was kept in a hangar and frequented various collector car shows around the nation. However, just 11 years later in the dead of night it was stolen.

T​he thieves snuck into the hanger where the car was being kept, cut the alarms, and literally dragged the DB5 to a waiting cargo plane. The car was so heavy that it actually left tire marks all the way up to the open bay of the waiting aircraft. Amazingly, no one stopped them, many just assumed that they were doing their jobs, and didn't even notice the telltale license plate, "BMT 216A".

C​hasis number: dp/216/1

C​hasis number: dp/216/1

His insurance company paid out over $4,000,000 for the thing, however, at the time some raised suspicions of insurance fraud, with the allegations that Pugiese had stashed the car in his New Jersey warehouse. However, the police later dismissed those allegations after a short investigation.

H​owever, nearly 20 years later a British research firm say they have a new lead, they believe it could be in the Middle East.

A six figure sum is being offered for information leading to its safe return

A​RI

F​rom The Telegraph:

"Art Recovery International (ARI), which was hired by an unspecified insurance firm to help track down the stolen Aston Martin, have been told it is being held at a specific location in the region.

A six figure sum is being offered for information leading to its safe return.

Christopher Marinello, the chief executive of ARI, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it. We want to reach out to collector car community and vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.”"

T​hey go on to say that it is unknown what kind of shape the car is in, or whether any of its iconic features such as machine guns, tyre-shredding blades and oil, smoke and water emitters. However, they have said that in good condition the car could be worth just over $13 million, a pretty hefty sum, but who knows maybe one day we'll find it.

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