Thursday, January 12, 2006

James Bond's Car for Sale

In Goldfinger, Bond wants to know where his trusty Bentley is. A young Q tells a skeptical James Bond he has a new car: An Aston Martin DB5, complete with the all the goodies a super-spy would want: rotating number plate, machine gun, bulletproof screen in the back, an oil-slick defense mechanism, and best of all? "Whatever you do, don't press that red button." Why? It's a passenger side ejector seat.

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal reports on two major car auctions in Scottsdale next week. One featuring some pretty cool concept cars from the Harley Earl design studio (1954 was a big year for these cars apparently) and the other selling the really high end classics. The star of the show and perhaps the biggest sale? One of three remaining Aston Martin DB5 coupes custom built for the film Thunderball. From WSJ:

"The car is in perfect shape, still has all the 007 gadgetry including the revolving number plates, front machine guns (inoperable), a rear bullet-proof screen, an oil-slick sprayer and a passenger-seat ejector used with effect by Sean Connery in the film. "

Estimates are the car will sell for "somewhere between $1.5 million and $2.5 million."


At Thu Jan 12, 09:42:00 AM, Blogger Susan said...

um, yeah, i think i'll make a bid.

At Thu Jan 12, 07:28:00 PM, Blogger braingirl said...

I wonder if the ejector seat still works.


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