There are legendary cars. And there are also mythical films. So what happens when the two are united? We get a star vehicle as well known as the white wolf. This is the result. The DB5 from the James Bond film "Goldfinger" is perhaps the most iconic car of the seventh art.
So iconic, that Aston Martin has decided to relaunch a Continuation series of the DB5 "Goldfinger". What is it about ? Well like the DB4, the DB5 returns to the production box. Not for a new series 900 copies, as between 1963 and 1965. But all the same. In fact, 25 "new" DB5s will leave the factories over the next few years.
Each car will require 4,500 hours of work, or 188 working days. And to complete the production of the 25, it will take 12 years mathematically. But this calculation is not valid, since the newly renovated Heritage Division factory in Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, will not only produce one car at a time.
What can take so long? Well, everything. The car is rebuilt as it was at the time, but using modern engineering. The best of both worlds ! In addition to having to relaunch the production of all DB5 parts, the Gaydon company must also tackle the installation of a whole list of Bondian options inside and outside:
- Rear smoke screen system
- Rear oil spray system
- Front and rear revolving license plates (three plates)
- Front twin machine guns
- Bullet resistant rear bumper
- Threshing cylinders front and rear
- Tire destruction system
- Removable roof panel for passenger seat (optional equipment)
- Radar screen tracking card
- Telephone in driver's door
- Speed button actuation button
- Armrest and control unit mounted on the center console
- Weapons hidden under the seat / storage tray
- Remote control for activating the gadget
Most of the fun options (including dangerous) are fake or simulated for safety reasons. Despite this small difference, the 25 cars will be identical in all respects to the model of the film, options and gadget included. They will even be better than that of the time since small improvements will be made to these 25 cars completely out of time. And also outside the law, since there is little chance that cars can be driven on the road. In any case, Aston Martin indicates that it is not "road legal".
On the mechanical side, no development is in sight: we find the six cylinder in atmospheric line of 4 liters of time, coupled with 3 carburetors S.U. All producing 290 horsepower connected to the ground by a 5-speed manual ZF gearbox transmitting power to the rear wheels.
What about gadgets? Who will think them so that they are as true as possible? Chris Corbould, the man who made the gadgets and special effects for the last 14 James Bond films since 1980.
For the lucky few who can afford this toy, it will be necessary to wait until the second half of 2020 for the first deliveries of this DB5 so special.