One of the four Aston Martin DB5s built to Goldfinger-spec for the 1964 James Bond film sold for a record-breaking $6,385,000 last weekend at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction.
Original estimates had the car fetching between $4 million and $6 million. The final price puts it well ahead of one of the other original DB5s that was auctioned off in 2010 for $4.2 million, making it the most expensive Bond car ever sold.
The impressive thing about this DB5 is that it is just as it was when it was first built. This means that it comes with with a retractable bulletproof screen to shield the rear window, an ejector seat, in-dash radar, oil slick sprayer, hidden machine guns behind the front turn signals, and a smoke screen. All of these gadgets are fully functional, although (for obvious reasons…) the machine guns don’t actually fire real bullets and only produce the sound of a gun going off.
Prior to the event, the car was extensively restored by Roos Engineering in Switzerland, one of just 13 facilities worldwide appointed by Aston Martin as a Heritage Specialist. The restoration took four long years.
The funny thing is that this DB5 wasn’t actually featured in Goldfinger, but was used during the promotional tour for Thunderball and built to the same specifications as the original movie car. It is fully road legal, so if its new owner decides to drive it, even occasionally, they can make a statement like no other. Unless they choose to keep her as a garage queen, waiting for it to appreciate even more.