Wealthy Bond devotees will now have a chance to own one of their very own, as British auction house Bonhams gears up to auction a 1964 Aston Martin DB4, which was used in the production of the Sean Connery-helmed 1964 classic, Goldfinger. The model in question was built for Max Aitken and was purchased in December 1963 by the current vendor.
Unfortunately, the car never actually made it into a Bond film. The Aston was a regular sight at Pinewood Studios where its owner worked as a special effects designer, and served as a 'test mule' during preparatory work for the first James Bond movie, 'Goldfinger', being measured for the various gadgets – ejector seat, machine guns, etc – that would feature on the silver DB5 driven by Sean Connery as Bond in the film.
Interesting modifications to the vehicle include a special factory-fitted clutch with lighter 'push', an Icelert, an engine vacuum gauge and a thermostatically activated overheating alert. Despite its apparent historical value, the car had actually been sitting in a garage since 1974.
The Aston Martin DB4 is estimated to earn £40–60,000 ($59–89,000) when it heads to the auction block on May 22 as part of Bonhams' Aston Martin car sale.
|Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupe 1961 on action|
|An Aston Martin DB4 was found by accident in a barn|
|Bonhams Aston Martin Auction has celebrity aroma|
|Aston Martin organized an auction to help Japan|
|Aston Martin DB10 revealed|
|Beaulieu is preparing a special exhibition in 2012|
|One Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato coupe will be auctioned|
|Daniel Craig will be driving Aston Martin all his life|
|James Bond Aston Martin sells for $4.6 million|
|One 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Bertone Jet was auctioned|
|Aston Martin DBS - James Bond in Casino Royale|
|Aston Martin DB10|
|Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato|
|Aston Martin Vantage GT2|
|Aston Martin Prodrive Rally GT|
|Aston Martin CC100 Concept at Goodwood Festival of Speed|
|Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition|
|Latest||Cars & News|
|2018 Buick Enclave review|
|2017 Ford F-250 XLT Super Duty review|
|2015 Audi A8 L Chauffeur review|
|2015 McLaren P1 by MSO review|
|2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe review|
|2020 Porsche Macan GTS comes to fill Macan S and Macan Turbo range|
|Suzuki Jimny is set to get competition from Jeep|
|Toyota Highlander will be available in petrol only or hybrid powertrain|
|Skoda Rapid facelift was unveiled in Russia|
|McLaren 620R is the limited edition street version of the 570S GT4|