Sticking to its original schedule for deliveries, Aston Martin says it will begin customer handovers of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars in the second half of 2020.
Overseen by the Aston Martin Works team and special effects expert Chris Corbould (who has worked on more than a dozen James Bond films), the limited run of 25 cars are built as exact replicas of the DB5 featured in the film.
This attention to detail extends to gadgets and trickery – a signature of any Bond-mobile.
On the exterior of the DB5s, this means a rear smoke screen and mock oil slick delivery systems, revolving front and rear number plates, mock twin machine guns up front, a bullet-proof rear shield, front and rear battering rams, mock tyre slashers and an optional, removable passenger seat roof panel.
Inside, the DB5s get a radar tracking screen, a telephone in the driver’s door, switches mounted to the gear knob, armrest and centre-console, hidden under-seat storage and a remote control to activate the gadgets.
Aston Martin says each complete car requires approximately 4500 hours of labour.
For this attention to detail, the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars will cost £2.75 million (AU$5.1 million) each before taxes.
Despite the original DB5 being built between 1963 and 1965, the new models are built true to form.
Mild steel is used for the chassis with exterior panels crafted from aluminium, however Aston Martin says a “sympathetic application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements” have been applied.
A naturally aspirated, triple-carbureted 4.0-litre inline-six sends roughly 216kW to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential.
The new DB5s ride on a coil over spring and damper front suspension, with a live axle rear setup – true to the original car. Steering is not power-assisted.
For a closer look at the cars, click on one of the pictures above and scroll through the gallery.