With machine guns, tyre slashers, revolving number plates and passenger ejector seat, it is one of the world’s most famous cars.
Now the classic Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball is to be auctioned and is expected to fetch up to £5million.
It is one of four DB5s with working gadgets that were built by Aston Martin.
Two were used in 1964 during the filming of Goldfinger – one for stunt driving and chase sequences, the other for interior shots and close-ups.
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 custom made as a replica of the car used in Goldfinger and Thunderball is to go on sale in August, with a price tag estimated to be around £3-5 million
The model, which is now over 50 years old, is complete with several Bond features including a bullet-proof shield covering the back window, and other mechanisms hidden in the tires and chassis of the car
The first James Bond Sean Connery stands in front of a DB5 that is believed to have been used in the Goldfinger and Thunderball films, which followed on from the success of Dr No and From Russia With Love
Two more, including the one being sold, were commissioned by bosses at the film-makers, Eon Productions, and shipped to the US to promote Thunderball in 1965.
The snow-shadow grey vehicles were fitted with gadgets including front and rear hydraulic rams on the bumpers, replica Browning .30 calibre machine guns behind the indicator lights, tyre slashers in the wheel hubs, a retractable rear bullet-proof screen, smoke dispensers, revolving number plates and a passenger-seat ejection system.
Auction house RM Sotheby’s expects the ‘extremely rare and pristine’ vehicle to fetch between £3million and £5million when it goes under the hammer in Monterey, California, on August 15.
It describes the lot as ‘a highly desirable acquisition for the serious marque collector… or secret agent’.
The stunning interior has been given a full refurbishment of the upholstery and dashboard. Included in the auction lot will be a solid prop Mauser C96 pistol (pictured on the seat), and a plastic knife and grenade
No space for luggage: The DB5’s boot is packed with technology, including gas canisters and the bullet proof shield which springs up
There are a total of 13 modifications created for Bond by the MI6 weapons-master Q, including a Browning .30 caliber machine guns that fitted behind lightbulbs in each fender
The gear stick can be flipped open to reveal the iconic red button for the ejector seat – Bond used it in Goldfinger to eject a would-be assassin from the car
Scenes in Goldfinger such as the one where Bond, played by Sean Connery, shreds Tilly Masterson’s tyres during a car chase in Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps helped spark a surge in sales of normal DB5s.
Sir Sean remains a big fan of the vehicle. ‘These DB5s are amazing,’ he told RM Sotheby’s. ‘I remember the Furka Pass tyre-shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars. In fact I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently.’
The car being auctioned has had three private owners. It was bought in 1969 by Lord Bamford, who sold it to a museum in Tennessee, where it remained for 35 years until being bought and restored.
One of the interior control panels in the original Aston Martin DB5 car, one of just three surviving examples, fitted with James Bond specifications and gadgetry
Ahead of its time in 1964, Bond even had an in-dash radar tracking scope which displays a map of the home counties beside a series of knobs and switches
The DB series of Aston Martins is named after one-time owner David Brown, who bought the company for £30,000 in 1946 after test driving the Atom
DB5 models had an all-aluminium 4.0-litre engine, a new robust ZF five-speed transmission and was capable of 145mph
Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said: ‘No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5’
The other DB5 used for promotion work was stolen in 1997 and has never been traced.
RM Sotheby’s car specialist Barney Ruprecht said: ‘No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture.’
Last year Aston Martin announced a limited run of 25 replica DB5s, with some of the gadgets, priced at £2.75 million each.
Though probably not advisable to make use of, the front bumper contained hydraulic battering rams which Bond made good use of in the films
‘This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin,’ continued Mr Ruprecht