Regarded as the most famous car in the world, the classic Aston Martin DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability.
Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with the most famous being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.
Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line work is once again under way there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models.
The latest in Aston Martin’s phenomenally successful Continuation car programme which began in 2017 with the DB4 GT Continuation the new DB5 models represent among the most valuable new cars yet brought to market by the British luxury brand. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at £2.75m, plus taxes.
The meticulous DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process – which takes around 4,500 hours per car – is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
Each of the 25 new cars is being built to the highest possible quality using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.
The list of Bond-inspired gadgets includes the following features, all familiar to viewers of the classic 1964 big screen hit.
•smoke screen delivery
•oil slick delivery
•revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
•twin front machine guns
•bullet resistant rear shield
•radar screen tracker map
•gear knob actuator button
•armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
•under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
All the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.
Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp.
Heritage Programme Manager Clive Wilson said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process is quite a thrill.
“Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”
First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.