£2,434,500 for a car isn’t exactly what you’d call a bargain, especially not when that car already has one less than careful previous owner. However, in this case we’re not talking about just any second hand motor. Imagine if the vehicle in question was one of the rarest Aston Martins ever made and that the last man to hold the keys was a certain Mr J. Bond. Not such a steep asking price after all.
The car at the heart of this furore is of course the Aston Martin DB10, the first car created exclusively for James Bond by the luxury British brand. Going under the gavel earlier this week at Christie’s auctioneers in London, 007s DB10 topped a bill of 24 exclusive lots celebrating the 24th Bond film, Spectre. In all, this unique selection of 007 memorabilia raised an enormous £2,785,500 for various good causes including Médecins sans Frontières.
Smashing its original £1 million estimate, this DB10 is one of 10 examples produced for Spectre and one of only two ‘show cars’ left entirely untouched. The remaining eight were all heavily modified by film crew in order to shoot the movie’s principle car chase in which Bond’s DB10 is pursued through the streets of Rome by a Jaguar C-X75.
The latest Bondmobile is signed by Daniel Craig himself and features an all-carbon fibre body with a handmade interior crafted from luxury leathers and aluminium. Power comes from a 4.7-liter V8 capable of propelling the DB10 up to a theoretical top speed of 190mph. It uses the same six-speed manual gearbox found in Aston’s V8 Vantage and although the DB10 is made up largely of production parts, it is not road legal. Not that that unduly bothered Bond of course.
The first DB10 to be offered for public sale now has a proud and rather lucky new owner. Unlike with most second hand cars, holding its value shouldn’t be an issue.