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June 13, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

‘Most Famous Car In The World’ Heads To Auction

You may not know the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 by name, but you would by it’s nickname, “the Bond Car.” Like most film cars throughout history, replicas have appeared on the scene, but this is no replica. This is one of four DB5s converted for the film with all the operational gadgets installed by Q.

Renovated in 2012 the car was restored to its original glory meaning all 13 defensive and offensive modifications were returned to their working order. Designated DB5/2008/R, this example was three of four ever built for the films and promotion and had the Q modifications since day one. Furthermore, the car has only seen three owners in in 50 years, including a 35-year stay in a museum making the condition of the car as near to perfect as can be.

According to the RM Sotheby’s listing the modifications include:

Front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning .30-caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub-mounted tire slashers, a retractable rear bulletproof screen, an in-dash radar-tracking scope, oil-slick, caltrop, and smoke-screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and a passenger-seat ejection system. Also equipped, although never used during the film, was a telephone in the driver’s door to communicate with MI6 headquarters, as well as a hidden compartment under the driver’s seat containing several weapons.

The iconic DB5 will be sold at this year’s RM Sotheby’s Monterrey auction in mid-August.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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