Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger rolls off the line after fifty years
The first customer car in the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation programme left the production line last week. It’s the first new DB5 built by Aston Martin in more than 50 years as the British luxury sports carmaker’s Continuation programme once again grabs collectors’ and enthusiasts’ eyeballs.
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most sought-after classic Aston Martin models. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965. Most famous of the original owners includes the fictional secret agent – James Bond – who first drove the car in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.
Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is ongoing there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. 25 to be precise.
Created in association with Bond filmmaker EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen in the film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are recreating history keeping in mind the outlandish features that made the car in Goldfinger so famous. The new cars include an array of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.
The Bond-inspired gadgets include:
· Rear smoke screen delivery system
· Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
· Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
· Simulated twin front machine guns
· Bullet resistant rear shield
· Battering rams front and rear
· Simulated tyre slasher
· Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
· Simulated radar screen tracker map
· Telephone in driver’s door
· Gear knob actuator button
· Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
· Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
· Remote control for gadget activation
All the Goldfinger edition cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original. The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels cloaking an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that produces 290bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.
First deliveries of the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers have commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.