An Aston Martin DB5 With Real James Bond Gadgets Does Exist
These DB5 Goldfinger Continuation models are all about that smokeby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 04:39
Aston Martin’s plan of reproducing the DB5 from the classic 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger isn’t Hollywood make-believe; it’s all real. Twenty-eight units of the DB5 are planned, and each one comes with all the gadgets and weapons that the movie car had.
Now, we get to see one of the 25 units get a thorough walk-around courtesy of this video provided by YouTube personality Mr. JWW.
What’s so cool about the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation?
The name says it all. The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation isn’t just a callback to the most famous Aston Martin of all time, but it’s also an homage to what is arguably the most famous Hollywood movie car of all time. All 28 units of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation were created in cooperation with Eon Productions, the company that produces all of the James Bond films.
As the video shows, Aston worked tirelessly to recreate every small detail of the Goldfinger DB5, right down to the three-piece revolving license plates, the simulated twin machine guns that come out from the light casings, and the bullet-resistant rear shield that Aston Martin tested with real bullets to ensure its authenticity.
That’s not all of it, either. The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation also comes with battering rams in the front and rear, a simulated tire shalier, a rear smoke screen delivery system, and a simulated oil slick delivery system that comes out from the top rear taillight.
The machine guns, however, don’t actually fire bullets. Instead, Aston Martin recorded the same machine gun sound from the movie and incorporated it into the new special edition model. Light effects were also included to add to the authenticity of the “weapon.” The same is true for the oil slick delivery system at the back. Aston Martin knows that it can’s squirt actual oil into the road so instead of oil, the system squirts out water.
Inside, the center console, for example, hosts the same radar screen tracker map that James Bond used to great effect in the movie.
There’s also a telephone in the driver’s door, an armrest and center console-mounted switchgear, hidden weapons and storage trays under the seats, a gear knob actuator button, and a remote control apparatus that can be used to activate all the gadgets and faux weapons that this DB5 carries.
These models are real Aston Martin DB5s, right?
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation looks like an Aston Martin DB5, doesn’t it? Other than that obvious observation, the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation does come with a few differences from the original DB5.
The modern model, for example, comes with aluminum exterior body panels and not the magnesium-alloy body that was used in the original DB5.
The visual details, however, are exact to the detail, including the use of the Silver Birch paint finish. That’s the exact shade of silver that Aston Martin used to dress up the movie car back in 1964.
The size of the engine is the same, too, but the actual engines used are different. That said, Aston did utilize an era-specific 4.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburetors, and an oil cooler. Altogether, the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s six-cylinder engine produces 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed ZF manual transmission is mated to the engine and sends power to the two rear wheels.
|Engine||4.0-liter inline six-cylinder|
|Transmission||five-speed ZF manual|
|Top Speed||143 mph|
It’s hard to understate the awesomeness of the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation. Everything about it screams “cool” and “awesome.” OK, maybe not everything; there is one thing about these special edition DB5s that can be considered a buzzkill.
What’s the buzzkill?
Other than the fact that all 25 available units of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation have been scooped up even with a price of around $3.4 million per unit, these Aston Martin DB5s can’t be driven on the streets because they haven’t undergone certification. That’s disappointing, isn’t it? At the very least, it prevents would-be owners from taking their cars out for a spin, and, more importantly, use that simulated machine gun on the moron who’s driving erratically on the road.