• Jan 26, 2010
Aston Martin DBS replica based on Opel Calibra – Click above for image gallery

If James Bond were real, we wouldn't recommend trying to impersonate him. We get the feeling that 007 wouldn't take to impostors very well. Fortunately he's a fictional character – or so we're led to believe – so the gloves are off. If you're planning on pulling off the Bond look, you're going to need a Bond car. And if it's the Bond of late, you'll need an Aston Martin. Unfortunately, most of us can't afford a real Aston, so a group of coachbuilders – apparently in Thailand, world capital of the sex-change operation – have created this replica.

The clone is built on the chassis of an Opel Calibra, a sports-coupe also sold with the same nameplate in different markets alternatively as a Vauxhall (UK), Holden (Australia) or Chevrolet (South America) and based on a Saab-sourced platform. Apparently the Calibra is known as a good starting point for replicas, with reports of Porsche Turbos and others based on the same. Whether this one is any better executed, however, than the Mustang-based Vanquish or the one based on the Mazda Miata is another story.

While reports suggest this a replica of a DB9, to our eyes bears the hallmarks of the DBS that's been 007's ride for the past couple of installments. Which is a good thing, because if you're going to pull off the looky-look, you'd better get the details right. Have a closer look in the gallery below, and for comparison's sake, an example of the donor car in the one below that.




[Source: TopSpeed via CarScoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Check out that interior
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh yeah! Thats the best part!
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, amazing craftsmanship.
      I wonder if they are doing this so they can drive it down a staircase in a movie.
      or if they are doing this to pick up the ladies...........
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember once reading an article a long time ago on the Opel Calibra (when it was still new in Europe) and the Automobile Magazine writer posted that perhaps GM should build the Calibra instead of the Camaro in the U.S. to gain back buyers from the imports.

      This is typical of the automagazines bias against domestics. Ford almost replaced the Mustang with the Probe by thinking among the same lines. Now a 1990 Camaro is almost like a classic car while the Calibra is being used as a donor for a fake Aston Martin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's probably going to be for sale on eBay
      • 4 Years Ago
      the Opel Calibra platfrom was not Saab sourced, it was the GM2900 platform orginal designed for the Opel (Vauxhall) Vectra A and later used by Saab for the 9-3
      • 4 Years Ago
      But at least it's cheap! You can have one for about $15k... somewhat less than a DBS! And when you see what some people on the "tuning" scene are doing to their cars, this really isn't that bad! I still wouldn't dream of being seen anywhere near it, but hey A+ for the effort!
      • 4 Years Ago
      James Bind?

      Was Inspector Clouseau talking?
        • 4 Years Ago
        the only way james bond would drive this car is if he was blind and shrunken his legs so that when he stepped the gas pedel he wouldnt recognize the HP difference between a healthy couple hundred purebread horses power, and a couple corps driven, on their last leg type mules/donkey type power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wouldnt want to impersonate mr. james bind either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha, I just read this on autoblog.gr (I looked up that last story about the narrow garage). Now I can understand it!
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to see this and all the Geely and BYD fake cars burning and exploding, with several A10's strafing them with DU rounds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will say that it looks like a lot of effort went into this. But for the love of God, why? The DBS is one of the most beautiful cars on the planet, and this is sort of like trying to get a pitbull to look like a thoroughbred horse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes me wanna puke...
        • 4 Years Ago
        neither of the linked articles mention that it is a 1989 Calibra. one even says a "1990s" Calibra.

        knowing that... one should realize that the Calibra was actually available with a 200hp+ turbo engine... AWD... and a 6-speed Getrag manual... *in 1992*.

        it was better than many many many cars being promoted as "sporty" in the US at the time. when i discovered they existed i was curious why GM didn't bother importing it since it sounded like a pretty awesome and (probably) tuner friendly car.

        nothing says this is the model used for this replica... but nothing says it isn't either.

        sounds like a better platform to start from than an iron-duke Fiero.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I know. The Calibra was a MUCH better car, they ruined it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @madtuscan:

        What does Toyota have to do with this article?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Opel Calibra makes me want to puke. If given the choice of driving a 1989 Opel Calibra, or a fake Aston with a horrific Opel interior, I would pick the Fake Aston. If you have to drive a sucky car, you might as well have some fun in the process. Of course I say this on the premise that they are not trying to sell this thing for a profit, or commit the deed twice.

        I actually am a bit amazed at how well they put this together.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I saw this on a stand, I think I would say it's a proper Aston (until I see the interior, but still...)

        Think of it. This is a way to drive a good-looking car without paying the "expensive, fast, good-looking car" taxes.
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