Aston Martin details James Bond-inspired DB5 continuation

Aston Martin previews the spy gadgets going into its “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation cars

Aston Martin previews the spy gadgets going into its “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation cars

When Aston Martin announced that it was planning to create 25 "continuation" replicas of the DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger, the big question was how it would deliver on the original car's huge tally of gadgets.

And in a progress report complete with new photographs published today they revealed just how far they have progressed with what they dub "the ultimate collectors" fantasy' thanks to the help of special effects experts - with gadget highlights include revolving number plates, a rear smoke screen, and replica machine guns.

Chris explained: 'My involvement has chiefly been with the front guns, smoke screen and oil slick gadgets, with Aston Martin engineers producing the other items.

Aston Martin promises that all newly-built cars will be "authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen" featuring some "sympathetic modifications" to ensure they meet the brand's strict requirements for build quality and reliability.

But the 25 new DB5s being prepared for 2020 delivery are even more special because the cars are a joint project with EON Productions and will carry a range of gadgets inspired by the model's starring role in the 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger.

The British company is working in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports auto at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England.

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Some of the highlights include a smokescreen generator, machine gun barrels that poke through the front turn signals, and oil squirters that sit behind the rear turn signals, just like in the movie auto.

As outlandish as a $3.6-million vehicle you can't even register for the road is, you have to admit, these gadgets are impressive. The main manufacturing facility is now in Warwickshire, England.

These will be "continuation cars", meaning that, although newly built, they will be exactly like the 1964 DB5s in almost all respects except for the fancy gadgets. This also means all 25 examples will be finished in Silver Birch paint, just like the original James Bond auto.

These continuation cars will come with some of Bond's legendary gadgets.

Paul Spires, Works Division's president, confirmed that the finished cars will also have rotating numberplates, a sliding "bulletproof" rear deflector and a representation of the original DB5's famous ejector seat, although one that won't actually be capable of firing passengers out of the vehicle.

All eyes will be on this year's top lot, a 1963 DB4 series V convertible that's one of only 70 ever made, which is expected to sell for between CA$1.2 million and CA$1.3 million. Two of those three will go to the Aston and EON companies, and the third will be auctioned off for charity. But these new gadget-laden cars will not be legal to drive on public roads, Aston Martin said.

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