James Bond Aston Martin DB4 Up for Auction

A barn find 1962 Aston Martin DB4 used as a 'test mule' by James Bond special effects designers is to go up for auction at a Bonhams sale on May 22, 2010. The auction is the only one fully dedicated to the Aston Martin brand. The model in question was built for Max Aitken and was purchased in December 1963 by the current vendor.

The car was used in testings during preparations for the first James Bond movie, 'Goldfinger', being measured for the various gadgets, such as ejector seat and machine guns, that would feature on the silver DB5 driven by Sean Connery as Bond in the film.

However, due to the delayed delivery of the DB5s from the factory, Bond franchise producer Cubby Broccoli decided to use this car and spray it silver. In 1974 the car was consigned to a garage where it has remained ever since.

Modifications to the vehicle include a special factory-fitted clutch with lighter 'push', an Icelert, an engine vacuum gauge and a thermostatically activated overheating alert. It is estimated to fetch between £40,000-50,000.

"James Bond vehicles are rarely available for sale these days and James Bond Aston Martins are almost impossible to acquire at any price. This car incorporates many of the original 'Bond gadgets' from 'The Living Daylights' and is a must for any true 007 fan," Tim Schofield, UK Head of Collectors Motorcars Department, said in a release.
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