Those of us old enough to consider Sean Connery as "our" James Bond retain an admiration for the many fabulous vehicles to have fallen (in all senses of the word) to 007's stewardship. However, those of us from the original Bond film generation can really only picture one car that we would be willing to put the house against to get the right car loan: that fabulous, sleek, gun-metal-silver DB5 from Goldfinger.
Okay, that was back in 1964, but for many a true Bond aficionado that DB5 remains the guv'nor of all cars. After all, you never know when you might need a retractable bullet-proof shield at the rear, a set of front indicator lights that flip down to unleash dual machine guns, or an exhaust that doubles as a smokescreen when you have unwelcome visitors. How many of us have wished we could just flip up the top of the gear lever knob and sent that annoying fellow passenger skywards through the roof with one press of the thumb, activating the passenger ejector seat? Those tyre shredders that roll out from the wheels are pretty nifty, too.
At the time of the film's release, you would have to raise £4,248 to sit behind the wheel of your own DB5 (and then a bog-standard one). Today, you could hardly refurbish a small bathroom for that amount, but back then it was enough to buy you a home. If you wanted to buy an authentic DB5 in relatively good condition now, you would have to pay out at least £120,000.
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