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2019-08-16 10:10
James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Image: AP

How much would you pay to own one of super spy James Bond's cars? A car collector splashed out the equivalent of R97-million to purchase the original 1965 Aston Martin DB5 'Bond Car'.

The gadget-filled car used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger and to promote Thunderball was placed up for auction by Sothebys in August.

The 1965 DB5 'Bond Car' fetched a record-breaking $6.4-million during an 'Evening with Aston Martin' event by Sotheby’s Monterey auction, exceeding the previous record by nearly $2-million. 


The DB5, chassis no. DB5/2008/R, is one of only three surviving James Bond DB5’s from the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.

James Bond Car

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James Bond Car

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James Bond Car

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James Bond

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The DB5 holds the largest collection of gadgets including:

 • Bulletproof Windows

 • Rotating Registration Plates

 • Homing Device and Tracking Display

 • Smoke Screen

 • Oil Slick

 • Rear Bulletproof Screen 

 • Dual Machine Guns

 • Ejector Seat

 • Tyre Slashers

For the love of bond cars

Vehicle specialists, LeasingOptions, has painstakingly been through every single minute of every single Bond film at least 3 times over so that you can explore the stats for every single vehicle Bond has been behind the wheel of since 1962 (see infographic at the end of this article). 

Check out the infographics below:

James Bond Top 15 Cars Table



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