DB5, Vanquish, DBS… turns out all of these Bond Astons are fake! This is the real James Bond Aston Martin, a 1954 DB 2/4 with special Bond features, which was the inspiration for the Aston Martin featured in the original novel Goldfinger.
Appropriately, Coys Auction who will soon send this car under the hammer, unveiled it in a special ceremony at the Old Admiralty Building, the location of Ian Fleming’s old office. He was an intelligence officer turned author, and the creator of James Bond character.
The real James Bond Aston Martin is a Vantage specification 1954 DB 2/4 Mk I. The one-off car is fitted with the same ‘secret’ features as the Bond car in Goldfinger the movie, including reinforced steel bumpers, concealed lockers, heavy-duty anti-interference ignition system, driver’s seat connections for two-way radio and/or a homing device, and a Halda Speed Pilot device, which accurately computes time and distance in relation to a pre-selected average speed.
What makes this Aston truly special is that it has a real connection to the British Intelligence Service. Its unique modifications were discovered only a few years ago when the owner took it apart for a complete restoration.
The original James Bond Aston Martin DB 2/4 will be on display Stratstone of Mayfair Aston Martin showroom and then at at the foyer of the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel before it is auctioned off at Coys’ traditional Blenheim Palace sale on 12th July.