Build your own Bond car as official blueprints up for auction
Got a spare Aston Martin DB5 kicking around and fancy turning it into an authentic baddie-baiting spymobile?
It should now be possible, as the blueprints for James Bond's original Aston Martin as driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball are going up for auction on Wednesday.
The original designs are expected to fetch a hefty sum though, with estimates above £15,000 being mentioned. If that seems a bit of a bargain that is as the new owner will not be getting the absolute originals – they are closely guarded by film producers EON Productions.
Auctioneer Stuart Channon said: "It's the first time in history authorised copies of the designer's blueprints for the 007 Aston Martin DB5 are being sold.
"While the originals remain closely guarded by producers EON Productions, eight copies were released for book The Most Famous Car In The World by Bond author Dave Worrall.
"Offered here are seven of the actual copies used by Worrall - this is an incredibly unique find in the world of not only Bond but movie and Aston collectors too.
"This specific blueprint is truly exceptional and the only authorised copy."
The documents go into fantastic detail, featuring the oil-slick machine, wheel-mounted tyre slashers and the famous ejector seat.
The co-auction, by Channons Auctions and Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers, takes place on Wednesday at The Royal Automobile Club's Woodcote Park clubhouse in Surrey.