3rd June 2020

Aston Martin Begins Work On DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Cars

Aston Martin Works has begun producing the limited run of 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars, 55 years after the last DB5 rolled off the production line.

Dubbed ‘the most famous car in the world’ after it's appearances on screen with suave spy James Bond in 1964, fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Newport Pagnell, work is once again underway on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, the cars feature a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at £2.75m, plus taxes, but you won't be able to take this car on the road. The added spy-gadgets mean that this car will not be road-legal.

The meticulous DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process takes around 4,500 hours per car and is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s globally renowned Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Ca

Exterior:

  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)

Interior:

  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation

All the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are also being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch – just like the original. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.

Servo-assisted hydraulic Girling-type steel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering – which does not feature assistance – and a suspension set-up comprising coil over spring and damper units with anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension with radius arms and Watt’s linkage, complete the dynamic package. 

Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.

“Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.

Wow, if only I had the money I would have loved to own one. Lovely to see British engineering at work.

., 03/06/2020

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