Skip to comments.Will Auction of James Bond's Aston Martin Leave the Market Shaken, or Stirred?
Posted on 06/03/2010 5:11:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
BLENHEIM, OntarioFor more than 40 years, Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia-area radio station owner, kept a used car in a downstairs room in his house. He never drove it.
The vehicle had only one previous owner. His name was Bond. James Bond.
Mr. Lee's car, now here in a Canadian auto-restoration shop, was one of the original Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5s used in the early 007 films, "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." It included "some rather interesting modifications," as the character known as Q explained in Goldfinger: revolving license plates, tire slasher, twin machine guns, rear oil sprayer, smoke screen, nail disperser, radar, retractable bullet-proof screen and, most memorably, a passenger ejector seat.
Mr. Lee, who is 74, bought the car directly from Aston Martin's British factory in 1969 for $12,000. He's now hoping to sell it for millions at a classic-cars auction in London on Oct. 27 and use the proceeds to fund a foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention
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It is STILL one of the coolest cars ever! :)
Just in our dreams...Imagine all the damage the production studio did to the original car to get all the fake gadgets into it. I agree that the movie Goldfinger and the car are part of movie history, but from the standpoint of real value, give me the same untouched model instead of this chopped up prop car.
It still is.
...WOW!...this really takes me back...back in the day, this was the coolest man ever.
I only came here for the pictures!
Crime in England can be reduced by giving gun rights. They does not take all that money in a shelter.
I thought that car was at the International Spy Museum...is the one at the museum a replica? Or is it from different Bond movies? I’ll have to ask my hubby, who would know these answers...
It's like the Mustangs from the Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. I understand that there were three cars, one was scrapped, (the jumper) because it was too badly stressed to be safe for resale, and the other two are hiding in garages, both having gaping holes from the camera mountings.
I recently watched a European auction on tv where a documented Bond car was sold. From memory (questionable) the host said six were made, five are known, and one was stolen and its whereabouts are unknown. I’m pretty sure it sold for far less than a million, but again ... as my older brother says: “My short-term memory is gone. It’s out looking for my long-term memory.”
“It’s like the Mustangs from the Steve McQueen movie,..”
....like wise with the ‘General Lee’ Roadrunner from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show.
Thanks for the info! Hubby is home today, and he rolled his eyes at me, asked if I had ever seen a single Bond movie, and when I said yes, he asked if I really thought they did the entire movie with only one car.
He then proceeded to pour me a second cup of coffee and said that I needed it. :P
He is still a cool man and much better looking now.
Good post, I’ve seen them on your page.
Gold finger, the cold finger, with a spiders touch! Lol
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