In late May, Aston Martin announced that it would be bringing back the original DB5—the car best known for being Secret Agent 007’s ride in the 1964 classic Goldfinger. Well, this has finally come to fruition as the first of the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars recently rolled off the assembly line at the Aston Martin plant in the UK.
With a limited run of just 25 copies, the new DB5 is built to specification following the original using aluminum body panels wrapping around a mild steel chassis. Under the hood throbs a 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-6 with a six-plug head, 3 SU carburetors, and an oil cooler. It can produce 290bhp , driving the rear wheels via 5-speed ZF manual transmission.
To give it agile handling, the DB5 features coil-over springs and dampers with anti-roll bar up front and live axle with radius arms and Watts linkage at the rear. It boasts rack-and-pinion steering and Girling hydraulic disc brakes. This is finished off with a mechanical limited slip differential.
But the real magic of this car, aside from the nostalgia, are the gadgets, specially designed by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE. You get everything from revolving number plate , rear smoke screen delivery system, simulated twin machine guns up front, a simulated radar screen, underseat hidden weapons storage, and a remote control for gadget activation, just to name a few. All this from the classic Bond film.
Each of the 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars will don the original’s Silver Birch paint scheme. The first customer deliveries have begun and will continue throughout 2020.