A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for $4.6 million at a London auction on Wednesday. Normally such a car doesn”t fetch such a high price, but this one is unique; it was driven on screen by Sir Sean Connery as he portrayed British super-spy James Bond in the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball. Having the history that it does, this car came equipped with a ton of unconventional options for the new owner including; guns that poke out through the taillights, a license plate that rotates to show different sets of numbers and a removable roof panel to allow easy egress for a passenger in the ejector seat.
By today”s standards, a 282-horsepower engine in a car that reaches 60 mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 145 miles is far from impressive. Back in 1964 however, those were decent specs. The car was purchased in 1964 by Philadelphia radio executive Jerry Lee who has owned the car since. The car has spent most of it”s life in storage, and has about 30,000 miles on it. Many mechanical components have been restored by RM Auctions.
One other 1964 DB5 was used in filming, but it was stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed.
– By: Stephen Calogera