The finishing touches have been made to the first in a new, but very familiar, series of Aston Martin sports cars (www.astonmartin.com
), as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation programme left the production line last week.
The ‘Job 1’ DB5 represents not only another significant design and engineering success, but also becomes the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century.
The DB5 is dubbed ‘the most famous car in the world’ and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent – James Bond – who turned the car into an icon in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, work is ongoing there on a strictly limited number of 25 new DB5 models.
Created in association with Bond filmmaker EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen in the film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars include a variety of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould.
Each new car is meticulously detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability.
All the Goldfinger edition cars are being built to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.
The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels cloaking an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure. Under the bonnet there’s a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, that is capable of generating around 290bhp.
It also has a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which 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.
The poject has involved scores of Aston Martin craftsmen and women, technicians, development engineers and designers, working carefully with a suite of hand-picked suppliers from around the world and ensuring that each new DB5 matches not only the aspirations of its owner, but also the duty to the brand’s proud 107-year heritage.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Lagonda chief creative officer, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.
“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon.”
First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers have now commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.