Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation
“Ejector seat? You must be joking”. Q – “I never joke about my work, 007.”
Whatever your thoughts on continuation models such as the Aston Martin DB4 GT, DB4 GT Zagato, Lightweight Jaguar E-Type and XKSS, the concept of continuation models – or replicas, as some would call them – is here to stay. Whilst most aren’t road legal, generally speaking these are the grown-up version of toy cars – sorry, “scale models” – and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Now Aston Martin – in association with EON productions – have produced what must be the ultimate expression of the toy carmakers craft: the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation.
Just 25 will be built, each taking 4,500 hours to create at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell. The cars feature a suite of working Q Branch (now Q Division) gadgets including:
- Rear smoke screen delivery system
- Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
- Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
- Simulated twin front machine guns
- Bullet resistant rear shield
- Battering rams front and rear
- Simulated tyre slasher
- Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
- Simulated radar screen tracker map
- Telephone in driver’s door
- Gear knob actuator button
- Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
- Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
- Remote control for gadget activation
The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels with an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that’s capable of generating in the order of 290 bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.
Servo-assisted hydraulic Girling-type steel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering – which does not feature assistance – and a suspension set-up comprising coil over spring and damper units with anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension with radius arms and Watt’s linkage, complete the dynamic package.
Unsurprisingly, all the cars are now reported to have been sold, even with a £3.3 million asking price.