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Aston Martin DB5 fitted with James Bond gadgets on auction

07 September, 2019

At their Fontwell House auction on 12 September 2019, Coys is offering an Aston Martin DB5 which was modified to recreate the famous Goldfinger car, including revolving number plates, 'machine guns' and smoke gun.

Bond Lifestyle reported last year about this car being for sale at Coys, but it appears Coys has now chosen to offer it at auction this September, alongside the 2019 Goodwood Revival. Price estimate: £500,000 - £600,000 ($610,000 - $730,000). At a recent auction, an original Thunderball promotional DB5 with original gadgets sold for more than $6m.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale

Lot 129 at the Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House Auction is a very interesting DB5 Saloon which was delivered new on 19th February 1964, finished in Sierra Blue with a contrasting grey connolly leather interior, and optioned with a sliding roof, wireless radio and heater.

The chassis number of the DB5 is DB5/1447/R.

By the late 1990s the Aston was advertised for sale at Aston Martin specialist Nicholas Mee of London at 57,500 miles, selling the DB5 to Fawaz Al Hasawi, businessman and former owner of Nottingham Forrest football club. The sale was completed on the basis that the car was refinished to “James Bond specification”, as such the DB5 was repainted in Silver Birch and the interior retrimmed in black leather.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale black interior

Al Hasawi kept the DB5 for a number of years as part of his collection, during which time he entrusted maintenance and repair work to Aston Service London and specialists Ian Mason and Trinity Engineering, supported by invoices on file totalling £65,000.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale goldfinger interior

The DB5 was later sold in 2015 to our current vendor via the specialist dealer Movendi in Duesseldorf, Germany, at which point it had been converted to left hand drive specification. Our vendor, a very keen James Bond enthusiast, decided to recreate the Goldfinger car with most of Q’s associated weapons and gadgets, and as such he entrusted a London-based specialist with the work.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale gadgets buttons

Revolving number plates were fitted to the front and rear of the car, very authentic “machine guns” spitting real flames appear from the grille at the flick of a switch, and a rear mounted “smoke gun” creates the desired smoke screen where necessary.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale boot trunk gadgets built-in

Showing now approximately 60,000 miles recorded, and offered with a current and older UK V5 documents, a file of servicing a repair works completed, copy of original build sheet, and a number of MoT certificates dating to the 1990s, this is a wonderful proposition for the serious Bond fan.

Aston Martin DB5 with goldfinger modifications for sale side view

Other interesting lots at the same auction include Lot 114, a 1979 Lotus Esprit S2

The Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House Auction takes place on 12 September 2019 at 3:00 pm at Fontwell House, Arundel BN18 0SX in the UK. Lots can be viewed on Wednesday 11th September from 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm and on the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale. Visit the Coys website for other interesting lots in the auction.

Thanks to Frank Anderson for the alert
Photos by Coys

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