Sir Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5 is expected to fetch up to £1.4million at auction.
The family of the James Bond star, who died in October 2020 at the age of 90, is selling the 1964 classic car to raise money for a philanthropy fund set up in his name.
The DB5, synonymous with the Bond franchise, has been listed as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” as it is the only car owned by Sir Sean personally.
The winning bidder will also receive a personal ride in the car of world champion racing driver and fellow Scottishman Sir Jackie Stewart, who was a lifelong friend of the actor.
Edinburgh-born Sir Sean bought the five-speed car because he wanted to drive it without the heavy equipment used in the film – but would have kept the ejection seat if he could, according to his son.
Jason Connery continued, “Dad told me that driving the movie cars, which are all loaded with gadgets, especially the machine guns up front, makes the car really front-heavy and turning at slow speeds is a Herculean task, so driving without gadgets was.” a joy.
“He loved how well balanced it was.
“Father also said he kept the ejection seat. I didn’t ask “For whom?”
After a long search, Sir Sean bought the car from a specialist and sent it to be repainted in the traditional Bond color Snow Shadow Grey.
Lead auto specialist and family friend Barney Ruprecht said helping the actor look for the car was “one of the fondest memories”.
He said: “Being behind the wheel of Sir Sean’s personal DB5 is like walking in the footsteps of the legend, and for an enthusiast of the legendary actor and film franchise like me, there is nothing quite like it.”
In the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, Sir Sean’s 007 had a DB5 fitted with a number of devices including a .30 caliber Browning machine gun in each front wheel well and hub mounted tire cutters.
The box office success led to a sales jump at Aston Martin and the car became a mainstay in the franchise.
The upcoming Broad Arrow auction will be held on August 18th at the Monterey Jet Center in California.
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