Aston Martin and EON Productions team up to build 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars, priced at £2.75m.
Aston Martin has announced that it plans to produce a limited run of 25 continuation Goldfinger DB5s – complete with gadgets and Silver Birch paint. Sanctioned by EON Productions, the first cars will be built in 2020, and are to be sold for £2.75m before taxes.
As with the DB4 GT continuations, the 25 Goldfinger cars will be built by built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, and are not road legal from the factory. Each one will be modelled on the car used in the third 007 film, Goldfinger, which was first screened in 1964. A further three cars will be built – two for Aston Martin and EON to keep, as well as a third car to be auctioned for charity.
The continuation cars will feature gadgets, co-developed with Oscar-winner Chris Corbould – special effects supervisor who has worked on a total of 14 James Bond films. The original car had many hidden surprises, although the only one confirmed for production so far is the revolving number plate.
Although briefly appearing in Thunderball, Bond’s DB5 made its big on-screen return at the beginning of 1997’s Goldeneye, featuring in the car chase along the French Riviera, as well as a huge starring role in Skyfall. Although 007 has driven several other cars over the years – many of them Aston Martins – the DB5 has become the enduring icon.
Aston Martin will build the DB5 to exacting original specifications, although it will make a few ‘Sympathetic modifications’ for reliability and build quality. Production will follow on from the 25 DB4 GT Lightweights that are currently in production at Works.
Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin, said: ‘The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years. To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.’