Ten months ago Aston Martin announced it would build a limited number of 1964 Aston Martin DB5s, just like the one Sean Connery, as James Bond, first drove in the movie "Goldfinger." Twenty-five of these cars will be sold at a price of £2.75 million, or about $3.5 million. Each car will include a host of dangerous-sounding options, just like the one in the movie, Aston Martin said.
Aston Martin has finally announced what some of those gadgets will be. The cars will have, among other things, rotating license plates that can show three different tags and replica machine guns that poke out from behind the turn signals.
Other clever features will include a "smoke screen" device to hide the car from pursuers and a replica oil squirter to release an imaginary oil slick behind the car. In case all of that isn't enough, the car will have extendible front and rear battering rams.
There are currently no plans to include an ejector seat, something the car had in the movie but "there may be a surprise or two when you operate the ejector seat button," Aston Martin representatives said in an email.
The cars are being built in the Aston Martin Works facility in the town of Newport Pagnellin Buckinghamshire, England, the same factory where DB5s were originally made. It is now mostly dedicated to restoring classic Aston Martins. The main manufacturing facility is now in Warwickshire, England.
These will be "continuation cars," meaning that, although newly built, they will be exactly like the 1964 DB5s in nearly all respects except for the fancy gadgets. They will all be made in the same color, Silver Birch. That is, of course, the color of the movie car.
The price may seem high, but it's a relative bargain compared to one of the actual cars used in the film. Someone paid $4.6 million in 2010 for one of those. The only other complete car used in the James Bond films was stolen in 1997, and its whereabouts are now unknown, according to Hagerty Insurance, a company that insures collectible cars.
Creating these cars posed an even greater challenge than making the cars for the movies since different cars or parts of cars were used to film different shots. Those shots were then cut together to create the impression of a single car. In these new replicas, all the devices must be made to work on a single automobile that can actually be driven. But these new gadget-laden cars will not be legal to drive on public roads, Aston Martin said.
In all, 28 of the James Bond DB5s will be produced, including one that will be kept by Aston Martin, one that will be kept by EON productions, the company that makes Bond movies and is helping to create the cars, and a third that will be auctioned for charity.
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