An Aston Martin DB5 used in the filming of James Bond’s Goldfinger may have been found after it was believed to have been dumped into the ocean.
The DB5 in question, chassis number DP/216/1, was sold to a collector by the name of Richard Losee for $12,000. Not long after, Losee sold the DB5 to businessman and car collector Anthony Pugliese III for $250,000.
Under its new ownership, the car was stored at a hangar in Boca Raton Airport but in June 1997, it was stolen. Mystery surrounds the theft but investigators believe it was well planned as no alarms were set off and security guards were never alerted. What’s more, no evidence was found at the scene.
Urban legends claim that the DB5 was ultimately flown over the Florida keys and dumped in the ocean. However, new information suggests the car may have been relocated to the Middle East after the theft.
The mystery continues…
Speaking with Auto Classics, Art Recovery International chief executive Christopher A Marinello said his company had received a tip that the car may be resting in the Middle East.
“I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it. We want to reach out to the collector car community and a vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.
“As there are many Aston Martins, it is very important that we get a shot of the chassis number, DP/216/1. This is what we are looking for, as it is very specific to the vehicle. It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere lookalike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close-up of the chassis number,” Marinello said.
Getting up close with the car could be a little more difficult than simply calling up the alleged owner and asking for a tour of the car. After all, it was stolen and if it does indeed still exist, may have been acquired using rather shady means.
Note: A different Aston Martin DB5 pictured