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.
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