Aston Martin surprised everyone when they announced the building of James Bond’s DB5 continuation car with functioning gadgets last year. Before its delivery begins in early 2020, an original Bond car built with specifications of Goldfinger will be heading to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in August.
Chassis no. DB5/2008/R was not used for film shooting, it was ordered by Eon Productions for the promoting Thunderball in the United States, riding on the popularity of Goldfinger and the DB5 gadget car in the film. Aston Martin ensured all the gadgets were designed and built to function repeatedly, unlike the film cars. These include the Browning .30-caliber machine gun in each fender, extendable bumper overriders, wheel-hub-mounted tire slashers, retractable rear bulletproof screen, in-dash radar-tracking scope, revolving license plates, passenger-seat ejection system and more.
Only four examples were built with Goldfinger specifications and apparently the first one has been lost since 1997. DB5/2008/R has only had three private owner and a through restoration was completed in 2012. All 13 gadgets were refurbished too and you can check out some of them in action in the video below.