James Bond Silver Birch DB5 back in production by Aston Martin
Aston Martin have officially announced they will create 25 replications of the classic DB5 (http://www.astonmartin.com/en/heritage/past-models/db5) which was famously first featured in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, driven by Sean Connery.
From the iconic Silver Birch paint, to revolving number plates, the replica’s will be authentic reproductions of the movie car. For true die-hard fans and collectors, the real appeal is the iconic gadgets that will be included, co-developed by Academy Award-winner Chris Corbould, the special effects editor on eight previous Bond films, and Aston’s Q bespoke department.
The DB5 will be named as the ‘continuation editions’ and will share chassis numbers that were shown on the production line in the 1960’s. The car will be built in the Aston Martin works in Newport Pagnell, with a delivery date expected sometime in 2020.
Along with the revolving number plate, the car is expected to come with all the famous gadgets such as guns protruding from the tail-lamps, a removable ejector roof, tyre slashers, a bullet-proof shield, a radar screen and an extendable battering ram in the bumper!
For obvious reasons however, the tyre slashers and extendable machine guns will be imitation and won’t function as weapons, or indeed the ejector seat for health and safety reasons won’t be able to function.
As well as the 25 cars that will be available to buy, three additional DB5s will also be made. Two will be kept by EON Productions and Aston Martin, and the third will be auctioned off for charity. Even with a £2.75 million price tag, not including delivery and taxes, this iconic car is bound to be snapped up by those with deep pockets, a love of this wonderful marque and of course special agent, 007 – http://www.007.com/.
The car made it’s first appearance in Goldfinger and re-appeared the following year in Thunderball. It next appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies and has most recently been driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.
The original car that was used in both Goldfinger and Thunderball (complete with working gadgets) sold for £2.6 million at an auction in London back in 2010. The DB5 that featured in the 1995 Goldeneye also sold at auction in July for nearly £2 million, without gadgets.
If owning one of these impressive replica’s is just a dream, don’t despair, you can still get plenty of enjoyment from a different Aston Martin model. Head over to H R Owen and look at the selection they have available which will hopefully be more in line with your budget.
Similar to Aston Martin’s other reproductions of older model cars like the DB4 GT last year, the car itself is not expected to actually be road-worthy but for those who have always dreamt of owning a Silver Birch DB5, built to the highest standards with gadgets, in the same factory as the original, this really is too good to be true. This wonderful car really is a collector’s piece, and will no doubt be the envy of many.