A real James bond vehicle was sold

Aston Martin Valhalla

The auction house said it's probably the "most iconic and recognizable" Aston Martin ever built, particularly for the James Bond movie franchise.

This week British manufacturer Aston Martin introduces a new design service providing customers with bespoke garages and display areas for their cars.

Packed with modifications made by special effect expert John Stears, the auto was purchased complete with a Browning.30 caliber machine gun in each fender (not firing actual bullets), wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and a passenger-seat ejection system.

He or she may not have a licence to kill, but an anonymous buyer has paid $9.4 million at auction for the privilege of driving James Bond's vehicle - complete with working gadgets.

Fully restored, its extendable ramming bumpers, smokescreen, bulletproof shield and rotating license plates all function, although the machine gun barrels that emerge from the front marker lights do not fire.


Sean Connery, who originally portrayed James Bond on film in both Goldfinger and Thunderball, said: "These DB5s are unbelievable".

"The smash success of Goldfinger was also a success for Aston Martin, which received free promotion around the world and saw DB5 sales surge to fuel an unprecedented level of production".

These cars were fitted with all the Goldfinger modifications and shipped to the United States to promote Thunderball.

"I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars - they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball. In fact, I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently". More than 100 cars are expected to sell for more than $1m each.

Following the tour, the two cars were no longer required as the next two Bond films featured newer models so both DB5s were quietly offered for sale in 1969.

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