Got an extra $4 million British pounds burning a hole in your pocket? We've got the perfect way to spend it.
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball is going up for auction and conservative estimates indicate the tricked out ride will pull in roughly $4 million pounds for its owner. Two of the Aston Martins were purchased and prepared for use in Goldfinger, but one has since disappeared -- making this a one-of-a-kind collectible for the discerning 007 fan.
Since its cinematic appearances, the car has been in the possession of Jerry Lee, an American who purchased it from Aston Martin in 1969 for $12,000 -- sounds like a good investment in retrospect. The only condition of the deal was that Aston Martin could use the vehicle for promotional purposes whenever they wanted to. Lee drove the car, which has 30,000 miles on the odometer, back in the '70s, but it has been hidden away in a Bond-themed storage room ever since.
Owning the DB5 featured in the films would be cool enough, but the real selling point of this vehicle is that all the gadgets Q placed on it are fully functional -- well, except the ejector seat. The bulletproof rear screen still pops up, non-firing machine guns appear at the flip of a switch, and the early satellite navigation system (which never really functioned) is still part of the dash. This is the ultimate boy toy and I imagine whoever wins it will spend hours just sitting in the driver's seat playing with all the switches.
Mr. Lee, who is now 70, is selling the street-legal ride not for his own personal benefit, but to fund an initiative dedicated to solving social problems. So, not only does the winner get a sweet new car, they can feel like they've made a charitable contribution too.
The auction takes place on October 27th in London, so start saving your pennies now.
[via Daily Mail]