We all remember the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the famous Bond movie Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery. Well if you were at the RM Auctions sale in Battersea London on Wednesday you would have seen the iconic silver Aston reaching a bid of £2.6 million.
Harry Yeaggy, a classic car collector from Ohio was the lucky winner, and was quite surprised that he managed to secure the bid. He commented, “I thought a European would get it, but I guess they don’t appreciate James Bond like we do.” He also that he wanted to take it for a drive around London the same night.
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The car will be displayed in his own private museum collection, and the proceeds of the sale are said to be going to previous owner Jerry Lee’s, charitable foundation which helps education and international anti-crime projects.
Jerry Lee originally bought the car back in 1969 for $12,000 US. It still has the 007 refinements including: revolving number plates, bullet-proof rear shield, Browning machine-guns and of course the ejector seat.
Ian Fleming, James Bond’s creator originally wanted the Special Agent to drive another very British car, the Bentley, but filmmakers had other ideas. At the time the DB5 was in direct competition with Jaguars E-type for dominance within the British and American sports market.
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