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by Tim Beissmann

The actual Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball will be auctioned for the first time in October, with early estimates suggesting it could fetch in excess of $6 million.

The 1964 James Bond movie car was one of only two original “007” DB5s featured on screen with Connery and is now the only remaining example from the films.

Far from your standard DB5, FMP 7B, as it is known by its original UK registration plate, was built with a number of modifications.

Under the guidance of Oscar-award-winning special effects expert, John Stears, FMP 7B was factory fitted with operational “Q-Branch” gadgets including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, oil slick sprayer, smoke screen, nail spreader, tracking device and a removable roof panel.

The Aston Martin factory in Lagonda originally loaned the car to EON Productions for the filming of the two Bond films and had it returned after completing a promotional tour.

An American radio broadcaster from Philadelphia, Jerry Lee, became the car’s first and only owner when he convinced the factory to sell him the car for $US12,000 in 1969, and since then it has rarely been seen in public.

Mr Lee plans to use the money from the sale of FMP 7B to further fund his own charity, the Jerry Lee Foundation, which is dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty and crime, with programs in the US, Australia, Norway and the UK.

“The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years,” said Mr Lee. “Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the Foundation to do good around the world.”

RM Auctions has recently put the car through a re-commissioning restoration program and it is now in running condition after years of static display.

The auction will be conducted at RM’s annual Automobiles of London sale at the Battersea Evolution in London on October 27.




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