Amazing Car for Sale: 1964 Aston Martin DB5
If you are a James Bond fan, you would’ve seen this car many times in the movies. In fact, it even made an appearance in Skyfall. The one that was driven by Sean Connery in the movies was in fact sold for $4.6 million in 2010. That’s the kind of fanfare this car has ever since. But, that doesn’t mean the car had no role to play.
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was powered by a six-cylinder engine and was in production for just two years. Off the 900 examples built in that period, one of them has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer’s auction and has bids near the half-a-million mark. Care to take part?
Car for Sale: One-Off 2014 Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2
Don’t get us wrong. The Aston Martin Rapide is a special car itself. It was the first four-door Aston Martin to make it into production and a declaration of beauty as far as its design went. One particular customer, however, wanted all that and more luggage room – after all, the Rapide only offered 317 liters of trunk volume, which is hatchback territory – and that’s how the one-off Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 was born.
Auction Watch: $1.5 Million Aston DB5 Shooting Brake Built To Allow David Brown To Carry His Dog
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to its role as James Bond’s means of transportation in the first two James Bond movie adaptations of Ian Fleming’s novels. The Silver Birch beauty with coachwork by Touring became a star thanks to its myriad of hidden weapons and clever equipment added by the Q branch. While the cars actually used during filming or during the promotion of the two films starring Sean Connery are the rarest, the ones that are the most practical are also insanely rare. These are the long-roofed ’Shooting Brake’ DB5s built in period by coachbuilder Harold Radford after then-company-owner David Brown complained that the DB5 isn’t practical enough and he can’t take his dog with him when hunting. Only 12 were ever built and this is one of just four with the steering wheel on the left-hand side.
An Incredible Limited-Run Supercar is Available for $3.6 Million
Just in case Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer’s proclamation that one-off Aston Martins start at $3 million isn’t expensive enough for some of you, might I suggest this fresh alternative. It’s one of only 24 Aston Martin Vulcans - chassis number 14, to be exact - in existence, and it can be yours for a bargain price of £2.7 million. If you’re wondering, that’s around $3.6 million based on current exchange rates.
It’s a staggering price, but with that amount, you get one of the most remarkable track-day missiles you’ll ever get to see. It’s even dressed up in a stunning Special Verde Ithaca green paint finish, a pearlescent shade that’s as mesmerizing to look at in photos as it probably is in person. If that isn’t enough to soothe your vanity, consider what the Vulcan is capable of when you unleash it on a track. Mind you, that’s a 7.0-liter, V-12 engine that spits out a beastly 800 horsepower. It’s not quite on the level of the Valkyrie hypercar, but with the ability to hit 60 mph from a standstill position in less than three seconds and a top speed that’s comfortably north of 200 mph, are we really splitting hairs just because it only has 800 ponies to play with? Having said all of that, here’s the real kicker about this pristine Vulcan: it has less than 200 miles on it. I guess the usage is a matter of perspective, but traditionally speaking, this Vulcan is as good as new, hence the the reason why it costs so much.
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Aston Martin Vulcan For Sale For $3.4 Million
Just a few days after news broke that an Aston Martin DB10 was going to be auctioned off at the Christie’s King Street auction house on February 18, 2016 comes another extremely rare Aston Martin that’s looking for a new owner. This, dear friends, is the Aston Martin Vulcan. Only 24 units of this mental track car will be built and one of them, the first one in the US, is now up for sale for a staggering price of $3.4 million.
At this point, I can’t stress enough how incredible this car is. The Vulcan first showed its face at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and immediately set its sights on the likes of the Ferrari FXX K and the McLaren P1 GTR. Everything about the Vulcan is brand new, right down to the design, the engine, and its overall purpose as a marauder of the race track. It even comes with its own racing program, the same kind that Ferrari has with its FXX program.
Basically, the Vulcan is a car that can only be used on the race track. Those who do end up buying any of the 24 available units will also receive an intensive track driving program with
winner Darren Turner serving as an instructor. During training, Vulcan owners will gradually build experience and develop their track skills driving “less notable Aston Martins like the V12 Vantage S and the Vantage GT4." Once they’ve reached an appropriate skill level, these owners can also get their hands on the ultra rare One-77, in addition, of course, to finally getting behind the wheel of the Vulcan.
As far as this particular Vulcan is concerned, it’s dressed in Aston Martin’s signature Fiamma Red body finish and has all of the dramatic styling cues and state-of-the-art components that we all saw on the Vulcan that was displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. More importantly, it also has a massive 7.0-liter V-12 engine that produces over 800 horsepower, making it slightly more powerful than the benevolent One-77.
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