Aston Martin has announced production of 25 new continuation DB5s, modeled after the iconic car from the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger. The cars will even be equipped with some of the spy’s gadgets, but there’s a catch-sadly, none of them will be road legal. As a huge Bond fan, I’ve felt like the DB5 has been overexposed for some time, having been in seven of the movies. Following this announcement of 25 Bond-spec cars, Road & Track went so far as to declare nostalgia dead. But what’s the most bothersome about these new DB5s isn’t that I’m tired of hearing about James Bond, and it isn’t that they’re getting some gadgets designed by long-time Bond special effects supervisor Chris Corbould; it’s really annoying that they aren’t road legal. Instead, Aston is presenting them as collectibles for whoever can afford the £2.75 million ($3.5 million+) plus tax price tag. I reached out to Aston Martin’s head of marketing in the U.S., Matt Clarke, to ask what exactly prevents the new DB5s from being street legal: Not road legal because we’re recreating the movie car – gadgets and all – rather than a ‘regular’ DB5 (if there is such a thing). We’re making 25 Goldfinger movie car replicas; what customers do with them thereafter would be their decision. While the full details of which gadgets will actually make it on the real-world version of Bond’s DB5 are yet to be revealed, it makes sense that a car with something like rotating… [Read full story]
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