James Bond’s ’64 Aston Martin DB5 Used In GOLDFINGER And THUNDERBALL
Hot on the heels of Bonham’s successfully auctioning off the DB4 test mule used for Goldfinger, RM will be auctioning off the real deal 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5 chassis number DB5/1486/R at it’s ‘Automobiles of London’ event on October 27.
It is one of two movie cars created for filming in Goldfinger and Thunderball (the second was stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed). As the ‘Road Car’, this vehicle was used extensively onscreen during filming including Goldfinger‘s fast driving sequences, those at Stoke Park Club and when chasing the Rolls-Royce through Switzerland’s Furka Pass.
After Jerry Lee purchased the car from the Aston Martin factory in 1969 for $12,000 it was still used for promotional purposes and exhibitions in the United States before being pulled completely in 1977. In the past 33 years, the car has been seen in public only twice – once at the New York Motor Show in ’81 and at the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in 1993.
The odometer reads ~30,000 miles and despite being painted at one point in its life is in its highly original condition. Within the last two months, RM Auto Restoration has returned the car to running condition after having been static for so many years. This included a ‘head-off engine service, a new clutch, a fully rebuilt braking system and new exhaust piping.’ All the systems running the modified devices and gadgets have also been serviced to be ‘more reliable and robust’ for demonstration purposes including the revolving number plates, machine guns, bulletproof rear shield, smoke screen, tracking device and electronic release of removable roof panel.