A silver Aston Martin DB5 once owned by actor Sean Connery was auctioned Thursday for $2.4 million, CNN reports.
It is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, exactly the kind of car that British secret agent James Bond drove in the 1960s movies, when the British spy was played on screen by Scotsman Sean Connery.
The character Bond was played by several actors and drove many different cars in the more than 20 films of the series. From BMW and Bentley to Chevrolet and Ford, Bond has driven them all. But the car from the 1964 film is still the most famous “Bond car”.
The car Connery first drove in 1964’s Goldfinger was an Aston Martin DB5 equipped with all sorts of gadgets, including machine guns, an ejector seat and an “oil bed” to slow down his pursuers. More than 50 years later, Connery bought a 1964 DB5 in early 2018, but it did not have the weapons and gadgets from the movie. Sean Connery died nearly two years later at the age of 90.
The car sold Thursday is the only DB5 the famous actor ever owned.
Priced at $2.4 million, including Broad Arrow auction house fees, the sale price was higher than the original estimate. The company expected the car to fetch between $1.4 million and $1.8 million at its collector car auction in Monterey, California.
The identity of the buyer was not disclosed. The auction is one of several collector car auctions held as part of Monterey Car Week, an annual series of classic car events on California’s Monterey Peninsula.
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which is in pristine condition, would normally be worth about $1 million, according to classic car insurance company Hagerty.
DB5s directly associated with the James Bond movies fetch much higher prices. A gadget-packed DB5 used to promote the original version of the film sold for $6.4 million in 2019.
During his lifetime, Connery often told his children about his fond memories of driving an Aston Martin in the movies, his son Jason Connery said in an interview. When they were adults, they suggested their father buy one, but he was not keen on the idea.
Barney Ruprecht, an Aston Martin specialist at Broad Arrow who also advised Connery on the purchase, advised Connery against buying a car that needed restoration because the work would likely take several years, he said. Instead, he and Connery looked for a car that was in as perfect condition as possible.
The car is still in near-perfect condition, according to Ruprecht, with only a few wrinkles in the seat leather as evidence that someone used it.
After Connery acquired the car, he had it repainted from black to Snow Shadow Grey, the colour that most closely resembles the car in the film.
But after the paint job, Connery had little time left to actually drive the magnificent Austin MMartin.
“As he got older, travelling, especially in Europe, unfortunately became difficult, and then COVID came along and…” said Jason Connery. “The car was kept by Connery at his home in Switzerland, according to Jason Connery. He loved the car so much that he kept a photo of it on his desk.
According to the Broad Arrow Group, a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Connery Family Philanthropy Fund. In addition to the car itself, the winner will receive a ride in the car with famed Formula One racer Jackie Stewart.
Stewart, like Connery, hails from Scotland, and the two were longtime friends. the car he purchased.