Tagged as ‘the most famous car in the world’, James Bonds Aston Martin DB5 is now being showcased at RM Sotheby’s York Avenue global headquarters in New York ahead of the high profile Monterey Sale in August.
Chassis no. 2008/R will be on public display in Manhattan through the month of July 2019 before finally heading to the highly anticipated Monterey sale later this summer (15-17 August – Est $6,000,000).
The much publicised Aston Martin DB5 is one of a pair to be given the John Stears treatment with 13 high tech Bond modifications which are all fully-functioning and include a Browning .30 calibre machine gun in each shining bumper, wheel-hub mounted tyre-slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and more.
One of only three survivors and commissioned by Eon Productions, the Silver Birch screen-star was fitted with MI6 Q Brand specifications as pictured in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Looking and sounding like the female Milk Tray version of 007, Florence Walker, journalist and enthusiast, dons her black outfit for a day and gives the legendary Aston for a spin, while Aston Martin historian Stephen Archer, dramatically guides her through the 13 fully functional gadgets on the expensive DB5.
Barney Ruprecht, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said:
“No other car in history has played a more important leading role on film and in pop culture than the Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 is the iconic cornerstone of a marketing relationship that still exists to this day—with the model’s collectable status rooted largely in its 007 fame—and we look forward to exciting car and film enthusiasts alike in the lead up to the auction. This is an unbelievably rare chance to play secret agent in a car that offers incredible performance and style in its own right and we’re honoured to offer the Bond DB5 alongside our partners at Aston Martin.”
The classic Aston Martin has had only three private owners from new and will be presented during RM Sotheby’s ‘An Evening of Aston Martin’ single-marque sale session in Monterey, 15 August, in beautifully restored condition, with all gadgets in fully functioning order.
It’s estimated anyone interested in owning this incredible status symbol will need at least $6,000,000 in their bank account before the offer is taken seriously.