In the year It was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the same car British secret agent James Bond drove in Connery’s 1960s movies.
The Bond character has been played by many actors and has driven many different cars in more than two dozen films in the series. They include everything from BMWs and Bentleys to Chevrolets and Fords. But in 1964 The most famous “Bond car”.
Connery first drove the Aston Martin DB5 in the 1964 film “Goldfinger.” Complete with gadgets like a machine gun, ejector seat and oil press tool. 50 years later, Connery bought himself a 1964 DB5 — though it lacked the guns and gadgets of the movie car. In the year In early 2018, Connery died two years later at the age of 90. He only had a DB5.
At $2.4 million, including a fee to auction company Broad Arrow, the car fetched more than its original estimate. The company had expected the car to sell for between $1.4 million and $1.8 million at the collector car auction in Monterey, California. The buyer has not been named. The auction is one of several collector car sales at Monterey Car Week, an annual series of classic car events on California’s Monterey Peninsula.
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in this car’s pristine condition would normally fetch around $1 million, according to classic car insurance and event company Hagerty, which recently took full ownership of Broad Arrow.
During his lifetime, Connery would tell his children of fond memories of driving an Aston Martin in a movie, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they grew up, they proposed to their father to buy him, but he was against the idea.
“He says, ‘I don’t want to because it feels a little obvious, you know, with me,'” Jason Connery said. “But I said, ‘Forget it, it’s not about that.’
Broadbow’s Aston Martin specialist Barney Rupprecht, who consulted with Connery when making the purchase, advised Connery not to get a car that needed restoration, as the job would probably take two years. Instead, he and Connery wanted a car in as perfect condition as possible. According to Rupprecht, the only evidence the car is in that condition is some scratches on the seat leather.
Once Connery bought the car, he had it painted from black to a shade of snow gray, the closest color to the car in the movie.
But after that work is done, there is little time left to actually drive.
“Unfortunately, the older he gets, the more he travels to Europe [became difficult] And then Covid hit and…,” Jason Connery said. “You know, unfortunately, he’s never going to be happy with the car he bought.”
According to Jason Connery, the car is maintained by Connery at his home in Switzerland. He loved the car so much, he kept a photo of it on his desk.
Important According to the Broadbow team, proceeds from the sale will benefit the Connery Family Charitable Fund. In addition to the car itself, the winning bidder will receive a ride in the car from legendary Formula 1 racing driver Jackie Stewart.
Stewart, like Connery, is from Scotland and the two have been longtime friends.