Automovtive Traveler on specs for the Aston Martin DB5 up for auction

We’ve noted before an Aston Martin DB5 appearing in Goldfinger and Thunderball is going on the auction block this fall. The Automotive Traveler Web site has more details, including the specs for the engine and other details (such as the number of miles on the odometer) concerning the auto made famous by James Bond.

Here’s how Rick Truesdell’s article starts:

t’s been called the most famous car in the world, and it’s certainly the most iconic car ever to appear in film… chassis number DB5/1486/R with the original UK registration FMP 7B. For the rest of us, the vehicle is better known as BMT 216A, or the James Bond Aston Martin DB5. And, along with Sean Connery, it was the star of 1964’s Goldfinger, the movie regarded by most Bond fans as the film series’ high-water mark.

To read the entire story you can CLICK RIGHT HERE.

And while you read it, you may want to listen to this John Barry music selection:

WSJ writes about upcoming Goldfinger Aston Martin sale

The Wall Street Journal devoted a part of its front page on June 1 to a feature story about the upcoming sale of one of the Aston Martin DB5s from Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Here’s a portion of the story by Steve Stecklow. He begins by writing about the car’s current owner, Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia-area radio station owner:

Mr. Lee, who is 74, bought the car directly from Aston Martin’s British factory in 1969 for $12,000. He’s now hoping to sell it for millions at a classic-cars auction in London on Oct. 27 and use the proceeds to fund a foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention.

The last 007 car to go on the market fetched $2.1 million in 2006 from a private buyer. But that Aston Martin never appeared in any Bond film; it was one of two replicas created for publicity purposes; the other is in a museum in Holland.

Mr. Lee’s prized possession, which has original gadgets and appeared in the two movies, will be the first authentic Bond car from that time to go on sale in decades. The only other one used in those movies mysteriously vanished from an airport hangar in Boca Raton, Fla., in 1997.

You can read the entire story by CLICKING RIGHT HERE. While is a paid site, the Journal put this story on the free portion. So feel free to click and read away.