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Aston Martin DB5: James Bond car sells for $6.4M

Updated 16th August 2019
The Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond films 'Goldfinger' and 'Thunderball.'
Credit: Simon Clay/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Aston Martin DB5: James Bond car sells for $6.4M
Written by Jack Guy, CNN
A fully restored version of the Aston Martin DB5, made famous by suave spy James Bond in the 1964 film "Goldfinger," has sold at auction for $6.4 million.
The DB5 with full Bond modifications, including a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender and wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, went under the hammer in Monterey, California, Thursday.
The car features 13 modifications, including two Browning .30 caliber machine guns.
The car features 13 modifications, including two Browning .30 caliber machine guns. Credit: Simon Clay/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
The auction house behind the sale, RM Sotheby's, had initially estimated that the car -- one of only three surviving examples of the Bond-modified DB5 -- would fetch between $4 million and $6 million. (A 1964 DB5 used in the filming of "Goldfinger" and the next Bond film, "Thunderball," sold for $4.6 million in 2010.)
This particular vehicle is one of two built in 1965 for a US tour to promote "Thunderball," and has had just three owners in over 50 years.
"No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5," Barney Ruprecht, a car specialist at RM Sotheby's, said in a press release ahead of the sale.
RM Sotheby's will auction the car on 15 August.
RM Sotheby's will auction the car on 15 August. Credit: Simon Clay/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
All of the Bond modifications are fully functioning following a full restoration, so the winning bidder will be able to make use of smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates and a passenger-seat ejection system.
This replica James Bond car has working spy gadgets
Ahead of Thursday's auction, the car was put on display at locations around North America.
In 2018, Aston Martin announced a limited run of 25 replica DB5s, kitted out with some of the same features as the Bond-modified model. With a list price of £2.75 million ($3.5 million), the replicas are aimed at wannabe secret agents with cash to burn.