James Bond's legendary DB5 up for sale
An actual Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond films is to be offered up for sale, and is expected to make as much as £2.5m when it hits the auction room in London in October.
This is not one of those film cars that never really made it onto screen, or was just a shell that was due to be blown up – this 1964 model is one of just two DB5s that Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
It even comes complete with the famous modifications that Connery's Bond makes full use of in the films – revolving number plates, bullet proof windows and an oil slick sprayer. It is not likely that any of these, or the legendary ejector seat, will be operational though.
The car was originally loaned to the production company for the two films, and was then returned once it had completed its promotional tour of duty. A radio broadcaster, Mr Jerry Lee, then convinced Aston to sell him the car for £12,000 in 1969.
It stayed in his possession in Philadelphia in America ever since, and he remains the only recorded owner of the car, licence plate FMP 7B. He intends to put the proceeds towards the charity bearing his name – The Jerry Lee Foundation, which aims to solve social problems, particularly those associated with poverty.
The car will be making an appearance in the UK before it goes on sale – at the Stoke Park Golf club that hosted the famous match between Bond and his rival Auric Goldfinger in the film bearing the baddie's name. See the Midsummer Classic site for more details, and the RM Auctions site for more info on the car.