A 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4, which supposedly inspired James Bond's car in the Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger, will be auctioned off by Coys this weekend on July 12.
The DB 2/4 Mark I Vantage with chassis number LML-819 was supposedly owned by Phillip Ingram Cunliffe-Lister, whose father was Lord Swinton, a close confidant of Winston Churchill, the head of MI5 and the Security Executive during World War II. He was also Ian Fleming's boss.
According to Coys, all the gadgets that appeared on Bond's car in the Goldfinger novel are present on this Aston Martin, including reinforced steel bumpers, concealed lockers, a heavy-duty anti-interference ignition system, driver-seat connections for two-way radio, and a Halda Speed Pilot. The auction house even claims that this model "is a strong contender for the world's most significant Aston Martin ever to be offered to the open market."
"This could be one of the most important discoveries of all time, confirming the link between the undoubtedly most famous spy in history and possibly the world’s most iconic sports car marque," said Coys managing partner Chris Routledge.