When we learned that Aston Martin was going to be building 25 special "continuation" reproductions of the original DB5 that Sean Connery famously drove in Goldfinger, we were excited. It will cost a lot, though.
Subject to final engineering approval, the list of Bond-inspired gadgets in the continuation cars will include a rear smoke screen, rear simulated oil slick delivery system, revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates), simulated twin front machine guns, bullet resistant rear shield and battering rams front and rear.
Aston Martin has released a video to tease the inner workings of the smoke screen, taillight-deploying oil slick and the front turn signal machine guns.
Aston Martin hopes to start delivery on the 25 "new" DB5s next year.
For the first time in nearly 55 years Aston Martin is once again building one of the most iconic sports cars in the world as engineering development continues on the forthcoming Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars.
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Some of the highlights include a smokescreen generator, machine gun barrels that poke through the front turn signals, and oil squirters that sit behind the rear turn signals, just like in the movie auto.
Until now the closest anyone could get to owning one was to content themselves with the Corgi toy version - with more than 2.5million sold to generations of children.
The cars are being built in the Aston Martin Works facility in the town of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England, the same factory where DB5s were originally made.
The 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars are set to feature a similar array of "extras" all standard-fitment on the new cars, of course which Chris Corbould's team are perfecting.
These will be "continuation cars", meaning that, although newly built, they will be exactly like the 1964 DB5s in almost all respects except for the fancy gadgets. Similarly, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch paint - just like the original. The price may seem high but it's a relative bargain compared to one of the actual cars used in the film. Two of those three will go to the Aston and EON companies, and the third will be auctioned off for charity. Someone paid $4.6 million in 2010 for one of those. But these new gadget-laden cars will not be legal to drive on public roads, Aston Martin said.