Goldfinger-Era Aston Martin To Go On Auction In London

Travel News — By Jules Auger on June 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

Lets face it. None of us will ever be as cool as James Bond. In essence, we will never attain his level because of two things – one, he is a fictional character. And second, we don’t have his car. There’s not much anyone can do about the first step to reaching a Bond level of suave, but now, for one dedicated fan, there is a once in a lifetime chance to own the iconic car driven by Sean Connery in his face-off against one of the most recognizable villains of all time, Goldfinger.

No Bond mission is complete without his famous array of gadgets and gizmos to help him defeat his foes, and an essential part of every arsenal is the car to top off his inventory. When Sean Connery played the ‘Double O’ agent in 1964’s ‘Goldfinger’, his Alps car chase scene featuring a sporty, accessorized Aston Martin made an entire generation’s pulses race, and it is sure to continue doing so as those who grew up on the cheap thrills and quick action of the early Bond movies watch the movie hero’s car be auctioned to one dedicated enough to foot the bill.

Estimated to fetch a hearty 4 million pounds (approximately 5.85 million US dollars), the sports car will soon be auctioned off. Bought by radio DJ Jerry Lee in 1969, it has since been in storage in a private Bond-themed room. Now well into his 70’s, Lee, a known philanthropist, is hoping the proceeds from the sale can help those who need it most.

What many will note is that the car is not just an icon of one of the most recognized movies in the history of film – it has several fully functional features that despite being a part of the car, keep it completely street legal, something assured by Peters Haynes of RM Auctions, the company in charge of overseeing the sale. Some of the accessories on the car include retractable machine guns in the front that deploy at the push of a button, as well as a motorized bulletproof screen in the back. To the likely dismay of everyone who wanted to buy the vehicle and go chase baddies, however, the ejector seat on the passenger side will not protect the driver from any villain who chooses to sit in it.

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Tags: aston, auction, bond, goldfinger, james, jerry, lee, martin, RM auctions

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