After 55 years, DB5 production resumes for a limited run of 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars.
Added: 04 August 2020
Known as 'the most famous car in the world', the classic Aston Martin DB5 is one of most desired cars in the world, thanks for its heritage style and sports car performance. From 1963 until 1965, less than 900 DB5 models were built after the car became renowned as the choice of car for fictional MI6 agent, James Bond, who originally drove the car for the first time in Goldfinger (1964).
Ever since that time, no new DB5 models have been produced in over 5 decades - until now. Aston Martin's manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire has once more begun production on a limited number of new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars. The restarted production of these cars is in association with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond films, ensuring the new continuation car is as accurate as possible to what was seen being driven by 007 over half a century ago.
The building process behind the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is highly punctilious with approximately 4,500 working hours spent on just one car. This all takes place at Aston Martin's initial global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, which is the most reputable Aston Martin restoration centre in the world, making this manufacturing base still the perfect place to undertake the continued production of the iconic DB5.
Only 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation models will be built. The very limited quantity will guarantee each and every model is built to the highest quality possible through the use of world-leading Sir David Brown-era craftsmanship, combined with the light use of modern advancements in engineering and performance. This will in addition to a suite of cutting-edge gadgets which have been developed with Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould OBE, who has worked on over a dozen James Bond films.
The array of Bond-esque gadgets is extensive and includes:
Just like the original from 1964, every DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car is being coloured in Silver Birch paint. This is one of the many measures being taken to ensure every model is an authentic and details recreation of the original DB5 seen in the Goldfinger film. Some sympathetic modifications and enhancements have also been made to further ensure and advance build quality and durability.
Each of the 25 models feature original DB5-styled body panels made from aluminium. These are then meticulously wrapped around an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis which will house a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler. All of this combined delivers 290 of brake horse power which is channelled by a five-speed ZF manual transmission in rear-wheel drive and a mechanical limited slip differential.
"Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill. Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”
- Clive Wilson, Heritage Programme Manager
The initial deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car are set to begin later in 2020.
Contact your local Harwoods Aston Martin Centre today for further information about these highly-demanded heritage models.
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