June 27, 2018

£10 million James Bond Aston Martin ‘found in Middle East’

A classic Aston Martin once driven by James Bond has supposedly been found in the Middle East more than 20 years after it was stolen — and it could be worth up to £10 million.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, dubbed ‘the most famous car in the world’ when Sean Connery drove it in Goldfinger, was taken in 1997 from an airport hangar in Florida.

But investigators, Art Recovery International, now believe they’ve cracked the case and have located the missing car.

Tip off

Christopher Marinello, Art Recovery International’s chief executive remains cautious about the potential discovery, claiming: “I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it.

“We want to reach out to the collector car community and a vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.”

“As there are many Aston Martins, it is very important that we get a shot of the chassis number, dp/216/1. This is what we are looking for, as it is very specific to the vehicle.

“It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere look alike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close up of the chassis number.”

Worth millions

The stolen Aston Martin was one of two used during the filming of Goldfinger, and if the car has been found it could fetch millions at auction.

Art Recovery International estimates that the missing DB5 could take between £7-10 million given it was once driven by Sean Connery’s Bond.

The classic car’s owner originally bought it for $250,000 back in 1986 but considering its back story and iconic use it would go for a lot more than that now.

A six-figure cash reward is being offered for any information that leads to the car’s safe return to its owner. 

Let the hunt begin.