The Ten Greatest Movie Cars
Sold for £2,912,000 on October , 2010
282 bhp, 4.0-litre DOHC “Vantage” inline
six-cylinder engine, triple SU HD8 carburettors,
ZF five-speed manual gearbox, rack-and-pinion
steering, four-wheel twin-servo Girling disc brakes,
independent front suspension, with double
wishbones, coil springs and telescopic shock
absorbers, rear suspension by live hypoid axle
mounted on parallel trailing links, transversely
located by Watt's linkage.
|1964 Aston-Martin DB5 James Bond's Car in "Goldfinger"|
The Most Famous Car in the World
Eon Productions, the producers of the legendary James Bond film series, chose the new DB5 as the 007 conveyance, as it represented the epitome of British style and performance. The car had recently been displayed to great acclaim at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London, and although other marques were briefly considered, the producers eventually returned to their first choice.
The celebrated Silver Birch DB5, and the purposefulness with which it was deployed, embodied perfectly the virtues of the Bond character first launched with the Ian Fleming novels from 1953: stunning elegance, international intrigue and the fluid command of visceral power.
Two DB5s were in fact used on-screen for the production of the timeless James Bond classics Goldfinger and Thunderball. One of those two cars has since disappeared without a trace; it was reported stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed. This is the only known remaining – original 007 DB5 movie car. This was the first time the car has ever been offered for sale, and it can indeed stake its claim as The Real James Bond Car.