James Bond may have gotten all the fame – and the ladies, for that matter - but the man behind the secret agent, Ian Fleming, certainly doesn’t need any introductions himself.
The latter may not be as famous as the man he created, but for those within the auto industry, Fleming holds a soft spot in our hearts for his love of cars. You can even say that Bond, when it comes to automobile taste, is a reflection of his creator. Fleming was known to have owned a number of Bentleys in his life and at last week’s Bonhams’ Goodwood revival sale, a car that once belonged to the beloved author was put up for auction.
That car was an AC Aceca Coupe, one of only six surviving models anywhere in the world. Knowing that Fleming formerly owned it, bidding for the Aceca Coupe was fast and heavy. In the end, the AC Aceca Coupe was sold for an impressive £80,000, which is somewhere around $125,000 at the current exchange rates.
We don’t know if we’d shell out that much money to buy a car, but considering the history and the name – and status – of the man behind James Bond, whoever won the AC Aceca Coupe probably isn’t complaining a whole lot.