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  • The $300,000 Aston Martin kept in a barn for 33 years

    01/31/2013 1:57:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | january 31, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    The fascination with cars preserved liked old farm implements has only grown in recent years with the rise of old car values at auctions. Here's the latest example: a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, similar to what James Bond drove in "Goldfinger," that had sat in a barn for 33 years. At a Bonham's auction to be held at Aston Martin's factory in May, the DB5 is expected to fetch about $300,000 — and that will be only the new owner's downpayment.
  • A Gorgeous, Impractical Beast (Aston Martin Rapide)

    05/21/2010 3:57:22 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies · 764+ views
    WSJ ^ | 05.22.10
    The new Aston Martin Rapide is a lovely car, to be sure, and driving one around town creates precisely the same effect on the populace as would a young Paul McCartney striding through Waterloo Station in 1964. Never mind the panties. Investment bankers throw their tighty-whiteys at this car.
  • Aston Martin to Introduce the V12 Vantage in the U.S.

    05/08/2010 7:04:38 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 47 replies · 1,090+ views
    AutoEvolution ^ | May 08, 2010 | Daniel Mihalascu
    Although initially Aston Martin didn’t intend to bring the V12 Vantage to the U.S. market, the British sportscar maker is planning to introduce this model in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Inside Line. Based on the 2007 V12 Vantage RS Concept, the roadgoing V12 Vantage was launched in Europe in 2009, being a heavily modified version of the standard V8 Vantage. Aston plans to build only 1,000 units of this car, which is powered by a 510 horsepower V12 engine. Since the V12 Vantage was never destined for the U.S., Aston Martin had to make extensive modifications to...
  • Aston Martin Unveils New Luxury Minicar (How Will Bond ever manage it?)

    12/18/2009 2:13:23 PM PST · by greatdefender · 39 replies · 1,716+ views
    How can James Bond recover the control disk for the dual GoldenEye satellite weapons driving something like this? Brace yourself. Aston Martin just released more detailed photos of its Cygnet luxury minicar, and it isn’t pretty. In fact, it looks a lot like Toyota’s Euro-based iQ on which it’s based. Jalopnik, which published official photos this morning, writes: “[T]he looks are...umm...well...as these first official images show, the Cygnet is still closely based on the Toyota iQ city car, retaining the same basic body shape and even the same front lights. The front has been given a heavy Aston-style rework, however,...
  • Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond released in US

    10/04/2009 5:12:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 154 replies · 2,590+ views
    CommanderBond.net ^ | 04 Oct, 2009 | Written by Devin Zydel
    Fusing together entries on Fleming’s famous 00-agent and detailed information on cases of espionage, real-life spies, MI5, SIS, CIA, KGB, and others, Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond asks the question: What proportion of Fleming’s output is authentic, and what comes directly from the his imagination?
  • Bond on a Budget, Aston Martin to Build Minicar

    07/01/2009 11:13:12 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 11 replies · 615+ views
    James Bond screeches around hairpin bends in them with a beautiful woman at his side, while they are the car of choice for European royalty in which to parade themselves around the Continent’s more opulent capitals. Now, at last, the opportunity to pop out to the supermarket behind the wheel of an Aston Martin will be opened to the more conventional motorist. The Aston Martin Cygnet — a new “luxury commuter concept” car, according to its marketeers — is to be built on the base of Toyota’s existing iQ city car and is likely to be available for less than...
  • Default by Aston Martin owner tests Islamic finance

    05/14/2009 11:27:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 734+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/2009 | Jeff Segal
    Restructuring experts are entering unchartered waters in the Persian Gulf. Kuwait’s Investment Dar, the Islamic finance holding company which owns a majority stake in British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, has suspended payments on its KD1bn ($3.5bn) debt. Its strategy of relying on short-term financing was crippled by the credit crunch. Sharia law provides no precedent for what happens next. Islamic finance is a recent phenomenon. The aim was to create products that work exactly like Western debt instruments, but without actually making “interest payments”, which is prohibited under some interpretations of sharia law. So, broadly speaking, the lender is called...
  • Australian pays $4m to drive Aston Martin One-77

    05/04/2009 5:56:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 873+ views
    news ^ | May 04, 2009
    IT'S the most expensive car in the world, but at least one Australian buyer is ready with a $4 million cheque. Aston Martin unveiled the One-77 in Italy last weekend after teasing Geneva motor show-goers with a technical exhibit and releasing shadowy images last year. The One-77 will be built in a limited edition of just 77 and Aston is still looking for some mega-rich buyers.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 3-12-2007

    03/12/2007 6:20:00 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 130+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 3-12-2007 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Aston Martin is sold off by Ford? Excuse me while I pray, dear Lord! The car of James Bond of which we're all fond-- If not for that, I would be bored.
  • Ford puts Aston Martin up for auction

    08/31/2006 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Flavius · 23 replies · 618+ views
    euro2day ^ | 31/8/2006 | James Mackintosh in London
    Ford Motor put Aston Martin up for auction on Thursday as the troubled US carmaker began dismantling its stable of British luxury brands in the face of deep losses in its home market. Ford has appointed an investment bank to handle the sale of the famous brand, for which it is understood to have pencilled in a price of more than $2bn – far higher than the value put on it by financial analysts. It is already in early talks with "interested parties", Ford said, although it could retain a minority stake. The sale comes as Ford is considering which...
  • Ford Explores Possible Aston Martin Sale

    08/31/2006 7:34:53 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 51 replies · 861+ views
    Yahoo!Finance ^ | 8/31/2006 | AP
    Ford Explores Possible Sale of All or Part of Its Aston Martin Luxury Brand DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is exploring the possible sale of all or part of its Aston Martin luxury sports car brand as the company works to free up cash to pay for its North American turnaround plan. But it said no decisions have been made about its other luxury car brands which include Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. "As part of our ongoing strategic review, we have determined that Aston Martin may be an attractive opportunity to raise capital and generate...
  • Aston Martin DBS Unveiled (007's New Car)

    05/05/2006 8:54:39 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 54 replies · 1,989+ views
    MI6 ^ | 05/05/06 | MI6
    Aston Martin DBS Unveiled 5th May 2006 Aston Martin have officially unveiled the new DBS model which James Bond will be driving in the forthcoming film "Casino Royale". Design Director, Marek Reichman, said: “This car encapsulates a link between our elegant DB9 road car and the powerful DBR9 race car. It signals an evolutionary development of Aston Martin’s world renowned style and elegance. While hinting at our future design direction, the DBS also has very clear links with our heritage – it is instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin.” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez added: “The DBS...
  • James Bond car sold for over £1m

    01/21/2006 12:09:48 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 16 replies · 575+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/21/06 | n/a
    James Bond car sold for over £1m Bond's car comes with a series of special features An Aston Martin car driven by James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderball has been sold in auction for more than £1m. The legendary 1965 DB5 model, complete with a host of high-tech gadgets, went under the hammer in Phoenix, Arizona. Driven by Sean Connery, the car boasts built-in Browning machine guns, tyre slashers, an oil slick ejector and a retractable rear bullet-proof screen. It was bought for $2,090,000 by a European collector. When last sold in 1970, it fetched £5,000. 'So exciting' Before the...