Machine Gun Aston Martin Sells For £5.2million

Mon 19th Aug 2019

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 which starred in James Bond’s Goldfinger and Thunderball has fetched a record price at auction.

The iconic motor, which is fitted with a replica machine gun, tyre slashers and smoke screen dispensers, attracted huge interest when it was auctioned by RM Sotherby’s at the Monterey Car Week in California this week. A winning bid came from a mystery buyer who was not present in the room, adding to the intrigue for a much sought after item of Spy Movie memorabilia.

In addition to the aforementioned gadgets, the DB5 also comes with an old-version of a satnav, which could track James Bond’s movements, and also the standard bullet-proof screen. The car could also be useful for avoiding speed cameras as it has a revolving licence plate.

Sean Connery, who originally portrayed James Bond on film in both Goldfinger and Thunderball, said: “These DB5s are amazing.

“I remember the Furka Pass tire shredding as well as the promotional events with these cars – they have become increasingly iconic since Goldfinger and Thunderball.

“In fact I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently.”

Ironically, the DB5 on auction this week never actually made it on camera and was bought as a job lot of three by the production company in the early 1960s. Despite this the auction house were pleased with the sale, Barney Ruprecht saying: “It was an honour to offer the iconic James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin Works and Aston Martin Lagonda.

We are beyond thrilled with tonight’s fantastic result and proud to have set a new record for the most valuable DB5 sold at auction.

“Beyond this new auction record, the enormous amount of interest in the car and excitement surrounding it ahead of the auction solidifies its status as the ‘most famous car in the world’, along with the hobby’s great respect for the Aston Martin brand.”