About two years ago we brought you a story about the reproduction of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Continuation cars (our original story can be found here). The 25 units are being produced in collaboration between the British sportscar maker and EON Productions, the company responsible for the famous spy franchise.
The first customer car in the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Continuation programme left the production line last week, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line. Fewer than 900 examples were built between 1963 and 1965. The car’s status was cemented when it debuted as the preferred ride of the world’s best-known secret agent in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.
The James Bond Aston Martin DB5’s include an array of gadgets created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. Among the items on the exterior are a rear smoke screen generator, simulated oil slick delivery system, revolving number plates front and rear, simulated twin front machine guns, bullet resistant rear shield, battering rams front and rear, simulated tyre slasher and a removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment). Bond-esque equipment on the interior are a simulated radar screen, telephone in driver’s door, armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear, under-seat weapons storage tray and remote control for gadget activation.
To outrun the baddies the DB5 has a 4,0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine. Three SU carburettors help generate 213 kW. The motor is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a mechanical limited slip differential. Disc brakes, unassisted rack and pinion steering and a suspension set-up comprising coilover spring and damper units with an anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension complete the dynamic package.
In his own words
Marek Reichman, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.
“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”