Aston Martin is recreating one of the most famous movie cars to ever hit the big screen – at a price.
The British brand will build modern versions of the legendary DB5 made famous for its gadgets and baddie-killing extras in the James Bond 1964 blockbuster Goldfinger.
Just 28 of the cars will be made – each in original Silver Birch to ensure it was authentic to how it featured in the movie, where it was driven by Bond actor Sean Connery.
Only 25 of those cars will be sold, with one remaining in the hands of Aston Martin, one in the hands of the Bond production house, Eon Productions, and one auctioned off for charity.
The asking price for each of the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation cars is a cool £2.75 million, which translates to about $4.8 million.
Then you have to add local taxes, which for Australia includes 5 percent import duty, 10 percent GST and a 33 percent luxury car tax for most of the price.
So, for Australians that adds up to roughly $7 million.
What might sting even more is that for your $7 million you get a car that can't be registered.
Not only will it not meet the latest emissions regulations, but it won't get close to meeting safety regulations.
Who needs airbags and stability control when you've got machine guns, a bulletproof screen and an ejector seat to dispose of unwanted passengers?
Yep, the Goldfinger DB5s will come with gadgets that replicate those developed by Q Branch in the movie.
"This authenticity will extend to include functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates and more," says Aston Martin in a press release.
One such gadget is the number plates that spin around, changing the identity of the car at the touch of a button.
No word on whether you'll be able to create an oil slick or a smoke screen – or whether the machine guns will work, although we suspect they will be authentic predominantly in looks rather than function.
Similarly, don't expect the red button under the gearstick to eject your passenger into the stratosphere. But the button itself will be there.
Old school thinking
The Goldfinger DB5s will be produced at the location of the original Aston Martin factory is Newport Pagnell, north of London.
While Aston Martin has modern factories elsewhere, the spruced up original site is home to Aston Martin Works, which not only restores classic cars but also creates limited run "Continuation" models, such as the DB4 that completed the original planned production.
The factory uses skilled craftspeople who adhere to the production methods of the era – further reinforcement of the authenticity.
Typically, the only things that are changed or updated on cars are things required to meet modern legislations; while it was common for some engine components in 1960s cars to use asbestos, the modern cars won't have any, for example.
Aston Martin is creating the cars in collaboration with British production house Eon Productions, which produces the 007 movies.
A "collectors' fantasy"
The DB5 was made famous in Goldfinger, the third Bond movie but the first one to hit the big time.
It has since featured in many 007 films – often with different number plates – most recently in Spectre from 2015.
Its fame in the movies has made the remaining examples of the 1059 road cars produced among the most desired classic cars at international auctions.
Aston Martin president and CEO, Andy Palmer, says the recreation of the Goldfinger car is for the ultimate collector.
"The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years," he says.
"To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors' fantasy. The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers."
Back to basics
The Goldfinger DB5 will be powered by a modern recreation of the original 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine.
As with the rest of the car, it will be produced to the original specifications.
In its day it produced 282 horsepower, or 210kW in today's money. That's less than a modern Toyota Camry V6.
Performance was brisk for its day – 0-60mph (96km/h) in 7.1 seconds – but, again, it's easily outclassed by even mainstream models today.
But that's missing the point.
The Goldfinger DB5 is all about transporting you back to the 1960s to enjoy the raw, emotional driving experience of a car that became one of the most famous courtesy of its movie exploits.