James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is headed to the auction next month by the automobile auction house RM/Sotheby’s as part of Monterey Car Week. The auction in Monterey, California will feature more than 30 rare Aston Martin sports cars, including the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 — one of just four surviving cars commissioned by the producers of “Goldfinger.”
Chassis number DB5/2008/R was used for filming and promoting the third and fourth Sean Connery-starring Bond films, 1964’s ‘Goldfinger’ and 1965’s ‘Thunderball.’ The grand tourer passed through just three private owners, including noted collector Lord Bamford. According to auction house, the vehicle is a “pristine example” of “the most famous car in the world.”
“No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture,” said Barney Ruprecht, RM Sotheby’s car specialist. “This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right.”
The 1965 Aston Martin DB5, designed by legendary special effects artist John Stears, features 13 special modifications including adjustable bulletproof screens, Browning .30 caliber machine guns hidden in the fenders, tire-slashers mounted on the hubcaps, smoke screen dispensers, caltrop launchers, revolving license plates, an ejection seat, and several more.
RM Sotheby’s will auction off the car the weekend of August 15, while it’sexpected to sell for between $4,000,000 and $6,000,000.