Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger 06 | 07 | 2020

    ASTON MARTIN HAS unveiled the first production-ready version of its new DB5 Goldfinger. A continuation replica of the original 1963 sports car, it comes complete with similar gadgets and weaponry to the DB5 used by James Bond in the film — and that means oil-slick dispensers, machine guns, tyre slashers, and yes, a button for the ejector seat. The price? How about £2.75 million, before local taxes. (Related: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster)

    Limited to just 25 examples, each will be built with a period-correct specification, sharing the same engine, chassis and drivetrain as the original DB5. Apparently, according to Aston Martin, 4500 hours of labour are invested in each model.

    The new cars include an array of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE. (Related: Aston Martin reveals DBX SUV)


    The list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes:


        •    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 tyre slasher

        •    Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)



        •    Simulated radar screen tracker map

        •    Telephone in driver’s door

        •    Gear knob actuator button

        •    Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear

        •    Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray

        •    Remote control for gadget activation


    The button for the ejector seat is fitted under a flap on the gearstick. The rest of the car’s gadgets are operated using a switchboard mounted in the car’s centre console that’s nearly identical to the one in the Bond film.

    And just like the original DB5, the upgraded continuation model is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre straight-six petrol engine,  fed by three side-draught SU carburettors. Delivering 290bhp, the power is sent to the car wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox and a mechanical limited-slip differential. (Related: 715bhp DBS Superleggera Volante)


    Continuing to mirror the original DB5, the Goldfinger gets servo-assisted steel disc brakes, non-assisted rack and pinion steering and coil-over spring and damper units. There’s also an anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension with radius arms and Watt’s linkage.


    “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment,” Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said. (Related: All-electric 602bhp Aston Martin Rapide E)


    First deliveries have already begun, with Aston planning to continue the production run throughout the second half of 2020. Oh! Just one final thing. Because of the nature of the modifications, Aston Martin says that none of the 25 cars will be road legal.


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    Jim McGill


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