To call this car iconic would be an understatement. Why? Because as far as cars go it doesn’t get much bigger than the Aston Martin DB5. It’s a car that stands alone in the highest echelon of Hollywood vehicle history. It is “the car,” the one and only car that could be associated with James Bond. Ever since it’s appearance in “Goldfinger,” the DB5 has been in car collectors dreams. There are no imitators, it’s impossible. Arguably the most beautiful car ever made.
The DB5 was released in 1963 with an all-aluminum engine. For this release Aston Martin increased the size of the engine from 3.7L to 4.0 and a straight six cylinder engine that produced 282 HP, which propelled the car to a high speed of 145 MPH. It goes zero to sixty in 8 seconds, yes not that quick, but hey at the time that was fast!
Made famous by Bond films, the DB5 was a departure from what Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, originally had Bond driving, which was the DB Mark III. When filming production was underway, Aston Martin wanted it’s latest model in the movie, the DB5.
The car has made its way to popular culture in many ways, including other films like “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “Cars 2.” But decades later to this day, the car is synonymous with James Bond. Making a return to Bond films with Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall.” For production of “Goldfinger” Aston Martin built two cars, one was stolen and destroyed in the 1990s, the other was recently auctioned in 2016 for an astounding amount of $3.5 million. An incredible amount of money, but it doesn’t compare to the cultural significance this car has been a part of. If you look at it from that perspective, that was a steel.
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