HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST TO RUN A BOND CAR?
Petrolheads are (mostly) envious of the cars James Bond gets to drive. But how far beyond our reach are they to buy and run?
The iconic Bond car is the Aston Martin DB5 seen in Goldfinger and Skyfall and the Vanquish featured in Die Another Day. Other films in the series feature the brand’s Vantage Volante, DBS and DB9 models. (We won't mention the Citroen 2CV that Bond and his love interest escape in after his Lotus Esprit is blown up in For Your Eyes Only. )
The Aston Martin is again Bond's car of choice in Spectre, the 24th film in the series (which hits cinemas in November) marking the 12th time he's driven one in the franchise. The featured motor will be a DB10 – a car designed especially for Bond. Only 10 DB10s will be built, according to Aston Martin – and it's likely that all will be used for filming making it tricky to get your hands on one.
You can, however, pick up some of the other models Bond has driven over the years.
So how much would it cost to buy a Bond car?
Want an authentic one driven by Bond himself? Hope you've got deep pockets. One of two 1964 Aston Martin DB5s used in the early films sold at auction for $4.6m in 2010. The added extras included guns that poke out through tail lights and a rotating number plate. It had about 30,000 miles
on the clock. Even without the Bond connection you could be looking at £900,000 for a sixties DB5.
So if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable – check out the second hand prices on these models from some of the other classic marques Bond has driven*.
A slightly later limited edition 1987 model with 47,000 miles and two owners from new will set you back £34,995.
Sunbeam Alpine Series II: Dr No
There's one for sale for £6,250 on Car and Classic – but you'll need to do some work on it.
More recent so not yet in the classic car price bracket is the Z3. It doesn’t quite have the same iconic status of some models so you can pick one up for under £5,000.
This muscle car is a bit of a head turner. Prices range between £20,000 and £30,000.
AMC Hornet: Man with the Golden Gun
While you can get them in the UK more are available in the US. Expect to pay around £13,000 to £20,000 – but you'll have to add on the costs of shipping it over.
Later versions can be quite affordable – but they'll have a lot of miles on them as their owners obviously loved driving them. On Pistonheads there's one with 97,000 miles for £2,750 and another with 85,000 miles for £3,950. On the other hand, a 1972 model will set you back nearly £18,000.
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