Aston Martin begins assembling the legendary DB5May 28, 2020
Last year, the manufacturer said it would build 25 copies of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, and had just announced the start of construction of a car codenamed “Job 1”.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from the Goldfinger movie is often called the “Most Famous Car in the World,” so the original featured in the film is sold for more than $ 6 million. In fact, the DB5 is so popular that Aston Martin again sends the car, equipped with all the devices that Bond himself used, into limited production.
This “continuation” of the DB5 will be built exactly 55 years after the last original car rolled off the assembly line of the former Aston global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, where almost 900 units were built from 1963 to 1965. The DB5 is the second model in the Aston Continuation automotive program, which began in 2017 with the DB4 GT.
Cars will be assembled with the participation of James Bond movie producers EON Productions, who will equip these DB5 with all the gadgets used by Bond in Goldfinger. Some of these gadgets include a rear smoke screen and an oil stain feed system, rotating license plates, simulating front machine guns, simulating a tire changer, (optionally) a removable passenger seat roof panel, a door phone, a hidden weapon tray, a gear knob drive button and a simulated radar screen.
All 25 samples, like the original car, will be painted in Silver Birch and equipped with a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated in-line six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors. This engine transmits 290 horsepower to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential. The model uses Girling steel disc brakes with hydraulic drive.
Deliveries to customers will begin in the second half of 2020, the cost of each car will be 2.75 million pounds. This is about 10 times more expensive than the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera of 2021, but again, even DBS does not require 4,500 hours of assembly. It is worth noting that the car is not intended for public roads.
“Watching the customer’s first car go painstakingly through the complex manufacturing process we created is truly admirable,” said Clive Wilson, Heritage Program Manager. “Obviously, we have not produced the new DB5 for more than 50 years, so participation in the creation of these cars, which will become part of the history of Aston Martin, is something that, I am sure, we will all tell our grandchildren.”
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