If your like most guys I'm sure you've Dreamed of Being 007! Having the cool and exciting life with cool gadgets, beautiful women, and especially…. awesome cars. Well if you have millions to spare, RM Auctions will be obliged to help you get into a Real James Bond Car!
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven by Sean Connnery and used in the movies Golfinger and Thunderball will be auctioned on October 27th. The car comes with “Q” Branch gadgetry befitting a Secret Agent of Her Majesty's' Service. It comes factory-fitted with the full complement of operational gadgets, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest. It would be pretty cool to drive this around in Traffic!
This is the first time the car will be for sale in about 40 years. It's been in the possesion of Jerry Lee, who is a radio medial mogul, all of this time. He kept the car in a special “James Bond” room in his house and few people have seen it.
Many expect the car to bring in at least 5 Million Dollars or more. I'm guessing that it will go for around $8-10 Million easily. After all this isn't just a collector car, but a fine piece of Cinema History. The proceeds for the auction will go to Jerry Lee's Foundation, that helps solve urban crime.
I should book a flight to London, and starting saving my money!
| WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CAR COMES TO MARKET FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY
Automobiles of London
|James Bond’s actual Aston Martin DB5 as driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball to be auctioned by world’s largest collector car auction house, 27th October in London, UK
LONDON (1 June, 2010) – PAY ATTENTION, BOND FANS! RM Auctions announces the consignment of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car – to its annual ‘Automobiles of London’ event at the Battersea Evolution in London on 27th October, where it is available for sale for the first time in history and expected to achieve in excess of £3.5 million GBP (over $5 million USD). The car is being offered by RM in association with Sotheby’s, with whom RM has worked in the past.
Well-known around the world by its original UK registration number, FMP 7B, this Aston Martin is one of only two, and the sole remaining, of the original ‘007’ DB5s as featured on screen with Sean Connery behind the wheel in the enormously popular Goldfinger and Thunderball movies. With its ‘rather interesting modifications' originally conceived by Oscar-award-winning special effects expert, John Stears, this authentic Bond movie car is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ‘Q-Branch’ gadgets, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest.
The DB5 was originally loaned to EON Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies, and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after its subsequent promotional tour. Mr. Jerry Lee, an American radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, PA, convinced the factory to sell FMP 7B to him for $12,000 in 1969, thereby becoming its first and only ex-factory owner. It has remained in his possession and has rarely been seen publicly over the past 40+ years.
Mr. Lee plans to use the proceeds from the sale of FMP 7B to further the charitable work of The Jerry Lee Foundation, a multi-national initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. The Foundation supports programs at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University (UK), as well as in Australia, Norway and Washington, DC. It is also responsible for the establishment of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, for which Mr. Lee received a Swedish knighthood in 2008. (http://jerryleefoundation.com/)
Today, FMP 7B is presented in highly original condition and recently underwent a careful re-commissioning program by RM Auto Restoration, returning it to running condition after the many years of static display in Mr. Lee’s home.
In advance of its auction debut at RM’s Automobiles of London sale on 27th October, the car is set to make its first 21st century public appearance at the Bond-themed Midsummer Classic/Thunderball concours and black-tie reception scheduled for 26th June at the Stoke Park Club located outside of London. Bond fans will recognize the Stoke Park Club as the site of the first confrontation between 007 and Mr. Goldfinger. For event and ticket information, visit: http://www.midsummerclassic.co.uk/