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Don’t have the money to make a bid for an actual Aston Martin DB5 ? Don’t worry because the creators of the James Bond series, EON Productions, has a DB5 that you can actually afford. But there are a couple of caveats. One, the DB5 isn’t an actual model, but rather a one-off, gold-plated, one-third-scale replica of the model. Two, it’s expected to sell anywhere between £40,000-60,000, which is about $66,000-100,000 as of 9/9/2014.

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The gold-plated DB5 replica was actually commissioned by EON Productions as part of the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the first James Bond movie that the iconic Aston Martin appeared in. It even has the signature of James Bond production designer Sir Ken Adams, the same man largely responsible for designing the modifications to the car, including the radio-controlled machine guns, bulletproof shield and revolving number plate.

Global auctioneers Christies will send the model under the hammer later this month for charity to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK.

So it is for a good cause, which should make it a little easier to spend that much money on a scale model of the DB5. At least you know the money you spend will be put to good use. Bidding has started at the Christies website where it will continue until September 17, 2014.

If the car is a little too steep for your bank account, you can instead opt to bid for an 18-karat yellow gold Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega.
The one-off timepiece is estimated to fetch anywhere between £8,000-12,000, which is about $13,000-20,000 based on current exchange rates.

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Source: Christies

If there was ever any doubt why James Bond loves Aston Martins so much, these Vanquish Carbon Edition models will quell all of those misgivings. The British automaker finally pulled the covers off of its latest special edition creation only days after it dropped a teaser promoting its arrival. While I do think that Aston Martin needs to time its teasers better, I’m not complaining about what came out of it.

The Vanquish Carbon Edition is a thing of beauty and if you want to be really technical about it, there are actually two versions of this bad-boy. There’s a coupe and a convertible version, each of which can be dressed in either black or white. Pulling off a black or white car isn’t easy, but the Vanquish has all the sexiness it needs to wear these colors and look good doing so.

I’m not saying that I’m going to buy one as soon as it’s available, but there’s nothing wrong with staring at them with longing eyes, right?

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The appointment of former Nissan executive Andy Palmer as the new CEO of Aston Martin has opened deeper talks between the British car maker and German auto conglomerate Daimler . Reuters is reporting that Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche is “fundamentally open” to deeper talks with Aston Martin so long as Palmer wants to have one.

That appears to be a certainty given Palmer’s attempts to persuade Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to invest in Aston Martin when he was still with Japanese manufacturer. Those discussions didn’t amount to anything and many in the industry believe that it was a factor in Palmer jumping ship — or cars — to the British automaker.

Now that he’s with Aston Martin, Palmer’s close relationship with Daimler during his time at Nissan is expected to play a big role in Aston Martin’s dealings with the German luxury car maker.

Daimler already owns five percent of Aston Martin and the two companies have existing engine deals with each other, including a tie-up to develop a new generation of AMG V-8 engines.

Don’t be surprised if talks between the two sides heat up soon. Daimler’s open to it and with Palmer now the CEO of Aston Martin, the pieces are in place for that to happen.

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Source: Reuters

Aston Martin’s got something new on the way, and the British automaker has released a teaser video to get us talking about it. There are no details yet on what the car is, although there appears to be increasing belief that it’s going to be a special-edition Vanquish .

Actually, I’m fairly certain that this model is the new Vanquish Carbon Edition. It’s hard to make out at first but thanks to the power of "pause," I was able to make out a quick glimpse of the letter ‘C’ with a small ‘6’ on top of it and the number ’12.011’ below it. What does that tell us? Well, a quick look at the Periodic Table of Elements shows the sixth element being carbon and the 12.011 is its atomic mass.

I’m not going to get scientific about it, but it is a pretty direct indication that this will be the Vanquish Carbon Edition. You can also make out a handful of quick shots of the sports car’s carbon-fiber components, something I expect the special-edition Aston Martin will have a ton of. It may even have a carbon body kit, although that’s something I’m not entirely sure of.

Whatever the case may be, we’re going to have our answer soon because the car will be revealed tomorrow.

When it comes to bespoke cars and coachbuilding companies, Zagato is a name we simply cannot ignore. The Milan-based manufacturer is mostly known for redesigning several Italian automobiles, but it is also responsible for meddling with other vehicles, like the Ford Mustang and the Cadillac Eldorado . The Italians are also famous for creating a handful of breathtaking Aston Martins through a cooperation that dates back to the 1960 DB4 GT. Zagato also designed the DBS Coupe Centennial for the company’s anniversary in 2013, and in 2014, the Italians and Brits are back in the spotlight with the Virage Shooting Brake.

This stunning new vehicle comes right on time for Zagato’s 95th anniversary and joins the Lamborghini 5-95 , a unique, Gallardo -based supercar specifically designed for long-time collector Albert Spiess. Much like the 5-95, the Virage Shooting Brake was also built for a wealthy collector, but this time the Italians have dropped the supercar-like appearance in favor of cutting-edge styling cues. It also marks the completion of the Aston Martin-Zagato centennial trilogy that also included the DBS Coupe and the DB9 Spider. Let’s have a closer look at this rebodied Virage, shall we?

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Former Nissan senior executive Andy Palmer proposed buying a stake in Aston Martin when he was still with the Japanese automaker. A report from Reuters indicated that before Palmer takes the reigns as CEO of Aston Martin later this month, he was in the ear of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn about investing in the British company.

Nissan ultimately turned down Palmer’s proposal, sources told Reuters.

Palmer’s move to Aston Martin comes after he successfully brokered an alliance between the company’s luxury brand Infiniti and Daimler, which, incidentally has a five-percent stake in Aston Martin. This automotive merry-go-round is a tad bit confusing, but it’ll make sense if recent reports of Daimler buying out Aston Martin come to fruition.

Aston Martin’s one of the last luxury car brands to not have a parent auto group. That’s kept the company out of important funding that it otherwise could have used to stay competitive in a market that’s becoming more saturated as rival brands, like Fiat-owned Maserati , continue expanding their lineups.

In its current state, Aston Martin is continuously losing money and needs new investors. Having Palmer run the show could serve as a precursor to Daimler taking full control of the company and injecting funds needed to steer it back in the right direction.

It all fits if you think about it.

As far as Nissan is concerned, only time will tell if its decision to pass on buying shares in Aston Martin bites them in the rear.

Source: Reuters

So this is what the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan looks like. It doesn’t look like a typical Aston Martin that much I can see. But more surprisingly, the Lagonda’s first public appearance came as a collaboration with luxury airline Oman Air.

The two companies announced a partnership that basically gives the Middle Eastern airline a free publicity tie up with the British automaker’s new top-of-the-range, luxury four-door super-saloon designed exclusively for the Middle East market. So if you happen to travel in that part of the world, prepare yourself to see a lot of Lagonda-Oman Air billboards.

It’s a stroke of marketing savvy for both companies. Aston Martin gets a top quality airline on its side and Oman Air rakes in whatever interest - and they’re sure to be many - the limited edition Lagonda Sedan will generate in a market that has no shortage of deep-pocketed customers.

As part of their partnership, Aston Martin is sending a Lagonda prototype to do some test runs in Muscat as part of its early testing program, allowing the vehicle to get a good read on the environmental conditions in that region. Don’t be surprised if some of the beautiful people of Oman snap some quality photos of the Lagonda mule. You might even see some of them in these pages at some point in the future.

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Aston Martin may have a savior knocking on its door, as Daimler is considering purchasing the flailing British automaker. Though it already owns a five percent stake in Aston Martin, reports suggest a 50/50 probability Daimler may purchase the remaining percentage of Aston Martin.

Aston Martin would be yet another feather in Daimler’s hat, joining Mercedes-Benz , Smart , Maybach , Freightliner , and Thomas Built Buses. The two automakers are currently in a partnership that gives Aston Martin some needed engineering help and technological innovations for its upcoming products. Since that partnership is just a year old, little Daimler influence is seen in Aston’s current vehicle lineup. However, that’s all going to change with both automakers’ next generation of cars.

If the deal goes through, we can expect to see plenty of Mercedes and AMG tech infiltrate Aston’s product portfolio, such as replacements for the aging VH platform, and the outdated V-8 and V-12 engines. It’s unlikely that the two automakers’ design departments will share notes, so we can expect Mercedes and Aston Martin to keep their looks to themselves.

Daimler is also in deliberating on purchasing a controlling share of the Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta . This comes on the heels of Audi buying up the famed motorcycle brand Ducati , which had previously worked with AMG. The new acquisition of MV Agusta would put Daimler back on track to compete more squarely with Audi in that respect.

Neither one of Daimler’s deals are official yet, but things are looking pretty good. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any developing information.

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Already 10 years old, the Aston Martin DB9 will continue to be around until 2016, when the British automaker will unveil its successor. Whether the next-gen model will still carry the DB9 moniker or not is still unknown, but a report coming from Autocar claims Aston Martin has submitted trademark filings for names DB10 through DB14.

Although these trademarks could be used for five different models, Aston Martin is expected to pick the DB10 name for the next-generation DB9. The Brits are known to move forward with the numerical denomination of its models to emphasize the advances made in terms of design and performance. However, Aston Martin skipped on the DB8 name, jumping from DB7 to DB9 in 2004. That being said, the next-gen DB could very well be launched as the DB11, with the DB10 trademark filed just to protect the numerical denomination.

Scheduled to go on sale for 2017 model year, the next-generation DB9 will ride on a brand-new modular platform and feature a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine built by Mercedes’s AMG division.

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Source: Autocar UK
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Aston Martin is probably the coolest car company in the world. Its stunning designs, growling V-12s and relationship with everyone’s favorite British spy, give it an image of undeniable desirability. However, despite its icy coolness, Aston has always been a flawed company. Being a relatively small company, it’s always dealt with financial issues and, because of this, has always suffered in the R&D department. Due to it’s lack of funds, Aston has never been able to keep up with it’s rivals, particularly Porsche , when it comes to technology and innovation. For instance, Aston’s latest and greatest, the new Vanquish , uses an engine that’s essentially a decade old. So Aston Martin needs some help and Daimler very well may be there to help it carry on.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler, acquired four percent of Aston Martin. Now, however, Daimler wants a larger stake and bought one more percent to make it a nice, even five.

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