Make no mistake about it, the Aston Martin DB5 is among the most iconic vehicles in film history. First made famous by the charming Scot with a penchant for espionage, the sleek silver fox transformed its brief appearance in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No into an enduring legacy that still carries on today. From the sly reveal in Skyfall to the incredible stunts performed in No Time to Die, the Aston Martin DB5 is so intrinsically linked to the gentleman spy, the legendary actor who originated the role actually bought one for himself. Now, that very vehicle could be yours.
This August, Broad Arrow Auctions is set to auction off a rare 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that formerly belonged to the late Sean Connery. While it’s not the exact Mark III DB Bond car that the famed superspy drove in the franchise, the stunning release still represents an incredible piece of movie memorabilia, not to mention automotive ingenuity.
Less than 1,100 DBs were built over the car’s revered three-year production run, meaning that chances to get behind the wheel of the Aston Martin classic are few and far between. This specific example, which the Academy Award winner purchased from specialist RS Williams, comes directly from the Connery Estate. Better still, the Estate has also committed to donating a significant portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund.
According to Broad Arrow Auctions, the Connery DB5 arrives “clothed in aluminium ‘saloon’ bodywork”, provided by Milanese design house, Carrozzeria Touring. Furthermore, the Aston Martin chassis no. DB5/1681/R features the classic Snow Shadow Grey finish, delivered over red Connolly leather, which Connery specifically asked for.
“The Aston Martin DB5 is in highly presentable condition. In fact, shortly after Sir Sean purchased the car, it went to noted marque specialist RS Williams where it received a mechanical freshening along with a full repaint to the correct Snow Shadow Grey, the correct shade of silver for Mr. Bond’s Aston Martin,” the auction house confirmed.
Unsurprisingly, those looking to get their hands on Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5 will have to part with a fair chunk of cash. The initial estimates have the classic vehicle ranging from USD$1.4 million to $1.8 million, however, there’s an added bonus for the lucky buyer. Connery’s longtime friend, fellow Scotsman, and multiple F1 World Championship racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart has agreed to take the auction winner on a one-off drive in the vehicle. Considering the insane unconfirmed stories we hear about the late, great superspy, a one-on-one with his best mate might be worth the price of admission alone.
The rare 1964 Aston Martin DB5 owned by Sean Connery is set to go under the hammer as part of the Monterey Jet Center Auction in August. You can read more about the famed vehicle and register to bid via the link below.