A gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 has just sold for over P300-M

The car was used in the promotion of Thunderball
by Vijay Pattni | Aug 20, 2019
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The Aston Martin DB5 used in the promotion of 007 film Thunderball has sold at auction for $6,385,000 (around P334 million). Not a bad price for a car that’s never actually been up on the silver screen.

But it was officially bought by the company that produces all the James Bond movies, and is indeed equipped with a plethora of functioning Bond-spec gadgets that are still in working order today (they were recommissioned in the last decade).

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It was sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, and the lucky new owner will get a proper bit of Bond history. This car started out as a ‘press’ car, but was actually equipped—by Aston Martin no less—with things like tire slashers, a retractable bulletproof screen, oil-slicks, smoke screen dispensers, and a revolving license plate.

And it’s rare, too. Only four Goldfinger-spec DB5s were ever built, one of which has been lost since 1997. Another one of the four had gadgetry retro-fitted; this car, the DB5/2008/R, was built with all of those toys from the start, and over the course of 50 years has had but three owners. One of those kept it in a museum inside a bolted-down wire-mesh cage for 35 years.

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Sean Connery, unsurprisingly, rather likes the DB5. Before this car was sold, he said: “These DB5s are amazing. I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding, as well as the promotional events with these cars.

“I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently,” he added. So there you go. Actual James Bond has bagged himself a DB5. If you want a shelebrity—sorry, celebrity—endorsement, surely it gets no better.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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