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First ‘new’ Aston Martin DB5 in more than 50 years

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car

The first Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car has been completed.

Dubbed ‘the most famous car in the world’, the DB5 shot to fame in 1964 when it was driven by James Bond (Sean Connery) in the hit film Goldfinger.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled elegantly off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is underway on the continuation models (25 in all) which take 4,500 hours each to complete.

Created in association with Bond filmmaker EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen in the film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars really are believed to be worth £3.3m each.

The car’s list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes:

Exterior:

  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)

Interior:

  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation

“The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond,” said Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda.

“To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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