A “special” model from Aston Martin, straight from the world of the most famous “spy” in cinema. One of the prized examples of the DB5 ‘Job 1’ has arrived in recent days directly at the Aston Martin dealership in Milan, with all its ‘arsenal’ of accessories and gadgets worthy of the self-respecting James Bond.
This vehicle is one of those made back from the new DB5 Goldfinger continuity program and comes straight from the British automaker’s production site in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Here, a wide range of the UK’s best craftsmen and engineers worked on the program’s first customer car, which not only represents a major new engineering and design feat, but also the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in over half a century.
It is considered one of the most famous cars in the world, also due to the talented Bond celebrity, between 1963 and 1965, less than 900 DB5 were built. The most famous of the first “owners” was the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, who first drove the car that is today associated with the icon of the 1964 movie “Goldfinger”.
Today, 55 years after the last DB5 left the production line at the then-Aston Martin production site in Newport Pagnell, work has resumed and focused on a very limited number of new DB5 models. Created in collaboration with filmmaker Bond EON Productions, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles are equipped with the wide range of working tools first seen in the film, and also feature a number of similar working tools. Vehicles used to film or promote the James Bond films.
The new cars include a number of action devices created by the Bond Special Effects Supervisor. The list of “007”-inspired instruments includes a rear smoke and oil distribution system, front and rear rotating license plates, front ‘double machine guns’ simulator, rear bulletproof protection, front and rear impact system, radar screen map simulator, and door phone Driver and remote control to activate tools and more. Each of the 25 new cars are meticulously detailed originals of the DB5 seen on display, with a few modifications and improvements ensuring the highest levels of build quality and reliability.
All Goldfinger Edition cars are built to exterior color specifications, with Birch Silver painted, just like the original. All cars feature original DB5-style all-aluminium exterior panels that hide the steel frame construction.
Under the hood is a 290-hp 4.0-liter, three-cylinder SU and air-cooled, mated to a rear-wheel drive five-speed manual ZF gearbox, which also features a mechanical limited-slip differential.
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