• Jun 2, 2010

James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 – Click above for high-res image mega gallery

The mantle of "world's most famous car" is a heavy one indeed. But if any single automobile ever created deserved the honorific, surely it's the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used on-screen in the production of the iconic 007 films Goldfinger and Thunderball. And in case you were disappointed at having missed the opportunity to get your hands on one of the stunt cars, the real thing is now up for grabs in London, where RM and Sotheby's will be auctioning it off to the highest bidder.

The car in question was prepared by Aston Martin for use in the Bond films. After that it went back to the manufacturer, which then sold it to radio host and philanthropist Jerry Lee, who's been holding onto it for the past 40+ years. In pursuit of his charitable work, Lee is finally putting the car up for sale, with bids expecting to top $5 million when it goes under the hammer on October 27.

One of only two made and the only one still in existence, the custom DB5 comes packed with all the extras the Q-Branch installed for Bond's use, from the revolving license plates and tracking device to the oil slick dispenser and smoke screen. You can check out all the details in the press release after the jump, along with the 100+ high-resolution image gallery that very well might be the largest we've ever compiled. Oh, and do be careful, Bond.



[Source: RM Auctions]
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WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CAR COMES TO MARKET FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY

James Bond's actual Aston Martin DB5 as driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball to be auctioned by world's largest collector car auction house, 27th October in London, UK

LONDON (1 June, 2010) − PAY ATTENTION, BOND FANS! RM Auctions announces the consignment of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car – to its annual 'Automobiles of London' event at the Battersea Evolution in London on 27th October, where it is available for sale for the first time in history and expected to achieve in excess of $5 million. The car is being offered by RM in association with Sotheby's, with whom RM has worked in the past.

Well-known around the world by its original UK registration number, FMP 7B, this Aston Martin is one of only two, and the sole remaining, of the original '007' DB5s as featured on screen with Sean Connery behind the wheel in the enormously popular Goldfinger and Thunberball movies. With its 'rather interesting modifications' originally conceived by Oscar-award-winning special effects expert, John Stears, this authentic Bond movie car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational 'Q-Branch' gadgets, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, , tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest.

"Like 'Q' , we never joke about our work, which is why RM is consistently entrusted with the sale of the world's most significant collector cars like the REAL 007 Aston Martin DB5 movie car," said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. "RM is known for world-record-setting results and we expect nothing less for 007's iconic DB5."

The DB5 was originally loaned to EON Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies, and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after its subsequent promotional tour. Mr. Jerry Lee, an American radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, PA, convinced the factory to sell FMP 7B to him for $12,000 in 1969, thereby becoming its first and only ex-factory owner. It has remained in his possession and has rarely been seen publicly over the past 40+ years.

Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale of FMP 7B to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. The Foundation supports programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University (UK), as well as in Australia, Norway and Washington, DC. It is also responsible for the establishment of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, for which Mr. Lee received a Swedish knighthood in 2008. (http://jerryleefoundation.com/)

"The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," said Jerry Lee. "Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world."

Today, FMP 7B is presented in highly original condition and recently underwent a careful re-commissioning program by RM Auto Restoration, returning it to running condition after the many years of static display in Mr. Lee's home.

In advance of its auction debut at RM's Automobiles of London sale on 27 October, the car is set to make its first 21st century public appearance at the Bond-themed Midsummer Classic/Thunderball concours and black-tie reception scheduled for 26 June at the Stoke Park Club located outside of London. Bond fans will recognize the Stoke Park Club as the site of the first confrontation between 007 and Mr. Goldfinger. For event and ticket information, visit: http://www.midsummerclassic.co.uk/


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't realize everything really works on the car (except the guns don't fire, darn) until I saw the video of them doing all the tricks while taking the car out for a spin:

      http://www.motobullet.com/news.php?id=10269
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't this car just sell for $1.9 million?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Talk about a return on investment! This guy bought for 12k back in 1969, not it's worth 5mil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        spelling error... NOW it's worth 5mil
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one beautiful piece of machinery

      God, I just want a garage full of Astons
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a beautiful, unrestored car, with the patina of age. I'm always amazed at how similar the engine looks to the Jaguar six. Sweet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was 15 when I saw Goldfinger in a theater, five shows in a row in one day. Seeing that car for the very first time, on a big screen, took my breath away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great pics guys. Especially love the control panel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol think one Lotto is not gonna cut it.. but what the hey

      COME ON LOTTO +1 hahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure that statement, "...only one of two made and the only one still in existence..." is accurate. I know - because I saw it and watched it 'perform' all the movie tricks - that one was owned by a jeweler in Provo, Utah who regularly drove it up to Salt Lake City to be displayed in car shows. He once told me that it was a kick driving down the freeway to raise the bullet-proof panel and to rotate the license plates. I don't know if he still has the car, but in the late 70s, it was on display in his jewelry store in Provo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      >Do you expect me to top $1 million?
      >No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to top $5 million.