Aston Martin has launched small-batch production of its reimagined DB5 sports auto. It will cost a lot, though.
In all, Aston Martin will make 28 James Bond DB5 cars.
And in a progress report complete with new photographs published today they revealed just how far they have progressed with what they dub "the ultimate collectors" fantasy' thanks to the help of special effects experts - with gadget highlights include revolving number plates, a rear smoke screen, and replica machine guns.
Luxury carmaker Aston Martin posted better-than-expected first-quarter revenue on Wednesday as it sold more vehicles in the Americas and China, but higher costs to push expansion led to a loss in the period. In developing them, Aston Martin worked closely with EON Productions, the production company behind the James Bond movie franchise, as well as Oscar-winning special effects honcho Chris Corbould, who's been involved with 14 of the movies.
The first prototype of the Goldfinger DB5 is now taking shape and the brand is working on implementing a number of functioning devices inspired by the James Bond movies. Other gadgets will include a bullet resistant rear shield, battering rams front and rear, a radar screen (simulated), and an under-seat weapons storage tray.
The British company is working in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports vehicle at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. Each vehicle will include a host of dangerous-sounding options, just like the one in the movie, Aston Martin said. The main manufacturing facility is now in Warwickshire, England.
Some of the devices from the original movie vehicle aren't shown here, including the tire slashers that extend from the wheel hubs, the revolving license plates, and the ejector seat.
These will be "continuation cars", meaning that, although newly built, they will be exactly like the 1964 DB5s in almost all respects except for the fancy gadgets.
Similarly, all the Goldfinger edition cars will, like the original, be produced to oneexterior colour specification in Silver Birch paint. Someone paid $4.6 million in 2010 for one of those. In these new replicas, all the devices must be made to work on a single automobile that can actually be driven.
Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: 'As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it's both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here.
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