Iconic Aston Martin Driven by "James Bond" Himself Goes Under Hammer

An Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery who portrayed super-spy James Bond is up for auction and it’s expected to fetch between $1.4 and $1.8 million.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, personally owned by late actor Sean Connery - the most famous James Bond ever - will go on auction on August 18 at the Monterey Jet Center during Monterey Car Week.

DB5/1681/R is the only DB5 ever personally owned by legendary actor Sir Sean Connery and is offered directly from the Connery estate, Broad Arrow Auctions said.

Connery, who died in 2020, played James Bond in seven movies between 1962 and 1983. Sean Connery's son, Jason, said "Dad used to talk about owning his own DB5, for no other reason than he loved the car, and I think in hindsight it did represent something in his life that was unique and captured a moment in time."

Connery's family added that "a significant portion" of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Sean Connery Philanthropic Fund.

Aston Martin 
DB5  - A Car Worthy Of A Super-Spy

The Aston Martin DB5, a luxury sports car made by the British carmaker between 1963 and 1965, is the model most closely associated with the Bond character: It has appeared in eight Bond films, starting with Connery in 1964's Goldfinger.

Aston Martin produced fewer than 1,100 DB5 models, making the model a rare and sought-after vehicle. The fact that this particular car was owned by Sean Connery makes it even more rare and valuable.

Connery did not drive this Aston Martin DB5 in any Bond movie - the vehicles used for filming were usually loaded with props - but he bought his own version of the car and enjoyed driving.

According to caarscoops.com, the car appears to be in excellent condition. The body looks flawless and the chrome shines like new. We can also see a red Connolly leather interior with a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a five-speed manual transmission. The latter is connected to a 4.0-liter straight six developing 282 hp (210 kW / 286 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. Aston Martin notes this allowed the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 142 mph (229 km/h).

The winning bidder will also receive a driving session with Connery's longtime friend, the Formula 1 World Championship racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart.

James Bond cars proved to be highly sought-after at auctions. In 2019, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that starred in the 1965 Bond film "Thunderball" sold at auction for $6.4 million, according to Sotheby’s.

In 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid nearly $1 million for a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car that was used to shoot the 1977 James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Elon Musk claimed that the unique design of that car has influenced the aesthetics of his Tesla Cybertruck.

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