• May 14th 2010 at 5:32PM
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In 1964 a special effects designer used an Aston Martin DB4 as a practice prop for the real DB4 used in the movie Goldfinger. In 1974 he put it in a garage, where it sat until recently. Now it's being put up for sale at Aston Martin's annual factory auction, held at Newport Pagnell and run by Bonhams.

The pre-sale estimate for the red coupe is £50,000 ($74,640 U.S.). That number is boosted by what is seen to be a recent trend: investors placing their money in hard assets, as opposed to currency, until the markets regain some stability. Last year's take of £3 million ($4.36M U.S.) is expected to jump to around £5 ($7.27M million) for the 47 cars being offered this year, including a 1950 DB2 Team Car and a 1976 V8 Coupe. Hat tip to Alex!

[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry . . . but WRONG COLOR. And even if someone claims to have re-painted the original car red, this still ain't it. One of several tricked-out Astons used in the movie is owned by a jeweler in Provo, Utah and is (or at least was) displayed there. It has all the special features from the movie - machine guns behind the parking lights, rotating license plates, fake GPS screen, phony 'eject' button under the shift knob, oil spray tube behind the tail light, and the raisable rear panel to protect the occupants from machine gun baddies following behind. It's a sharp car and according to the owner, a real hoot to drive on the freeway when people recognize it (he raises the bullet proof panel for show).
        • 5 Years Ago
        "practice prop". First sentence.

        Doesn't need to be the right color to beat up until you have your J-turns right, so you can do so while rolling film without destroying the extensively modified film car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As proof of such, not ALL movie cars remain in their as seen aperance. after the cameras stop rolling. Even though this one is a measuring car to set up the DB5 (the DB5s used were pre production cars). Many movie cars back then would be sold off as used cars and some would get put away and others go on to live everyday lives. My movie used Herbie did just that even though it went through a handful of museums only to be found sitting behind a Nevada barn in the 1980s bearing little resemblance to the car it was on screen. Another Herbie was found the same way in Illinois about 10 years ago and another in Wisconsin just last year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, HOW does this happen?!?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It was a DB5 in the movie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed not a DB4
      • 5 Years Ago
      I need to go to the UK and go around opening up old barns...

      There seems to be a pattern of old barns, opening them and incredible forgotten cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks in relatively good shape
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