February 24, 2009

James Bond-style car to be sold at auction

An Aston Martin DB5, identical to the model featured in a number of classic James Bond movies, is going up for auction, Eddisons announced Tuesday.

The car is the same type that appeared in the films Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale. It is being offered for sale at a guide price of $216,000-$288,000.

The online auction begins March 12 and is to run eight days.

The iconic car was first registered in February 1964 and has been fully restored to concourse condition by Post Vintage Engineers Ltd. during 2006 and 2007 at a cost of $151,000 and has been driven less than 700 miles since the completion of the restoration project.

The two-door, four-seat car, which is in the James Bond metallic silver gray color, was one of only 1,021 ever produced and includes reclining seats, Wilton carpets, leather upholstery, electric windows and a fire extinguisher.

This is a stunning example of a truly great motor car which has been painstakingly returned to its former glory. Apart from its association with James Bond, it is a lasting example of timeless British car design. I am sure whoever the successful bidder is will be the envy of many a motorist, Jason Pinder of Eddisons said in a statement.

In December 1963, the recommended U.K. list price for the Aston Martin DB5 was $6,000, including purchase tax.