Oh, Bond, James Bond

James BondJames Bond has transcended generations, keeping audiences engaged and always wanting more. For all his iconic moments, from the martini drinking, to the wooing of women, and driving spectacularly sleek cars, this particular model is likely the most iconic James Bond car of them all.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 first appeared as a James Bond car in Goldfinger, but has since made several top car lists. Those who love classic cars, and even those who don’t know much about them, can certainly find one thing in common: a mutual respect for a car whose smooth curvatures and status make it impossible to deny its place in classic car history.

With the inline 6 cylinder engine coming in at a 282 bhp rating at 2500 rpm, this beloved James Bondcar reached a top speed of about 142 mph, and while that may not be an impressive number now, it certainly turned heads nearly half a century ago. If the driver needed a fast getaway in close-call situations like James Bond, the car could go 0-60 in about 7.5 seconds. Making this car just that much more special was the low production number, made during its short production life, which lasted from 1963-1965.

James BondWhile just any 1964 Aston Martin DB5 may not have all the gizmos and gadgets that Bond’s famous car did, it will always hold a special place in our hearts as one of the most beautifully made Aston Martin models in classic car history.

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One Response to Oh, Bond, James Bond

  1. Ric Kruse says:

    I know the current owner of this vehicle and he is a real collector. I met him many years ago at a Corvette shop where I was just starting out in the auto body trade. We have a mutual friend who restored the one of one black 57 Airbox Corvette that was originally raced by Jack Knab. The Bond car is currently on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I now teach automotive at Grant Career Center and I am hoping to arrange a tour of the private collection that holds the Bond car and many other significant racecars.

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