An Aston Martin used in the latest James Bond hit, No Time to Die, is set to go under the hammer later this week, with the winning bid expected to reach half a million pounds.
The 2019 DBS Superleggera Coupe was driven on screen in the final film to feature Daniel Craig as the British Secret Service agent by the character Nomi – his 007 successor – played by Lashana Lynch.
And it won’t be the only Bond car going under the hammer, with a Land Rover used in the filming of Spectre also going to the block as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed sale hosted by Bonhams on Friday.
This Aston Martin DBS Superleggera featured in the latest Bond film, No Time to Die. On Friday, it will go under the hammer at a UK auction where it is expected to fetch half a million pounds
The Bond-film Aston Martin has an estimate of £400,000 to £500,000.
That’s around double the price when it was new, with the 200mph-plus British motor costing £225,000 when it hit showrooms in 2018.
The car was affiliated with the cult film franchise before No Time to Die hit the screen, with Aston Martin in 2019 unveiling a DBS Superleggera to celebrate 50 years since the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service hit the big screen.
The 2019 DBS Superleggera Coupé was driven by the character Nomi – played by Lashana Lynch (pictured right)
The car being offered to the highest bidder will be seen as an opportunity for enthusiasts to get their hands on a genuine modern-era Bond car and a significant item of movie memorabilia
The Aston Martin was loaned to Eon Productions by the vendor, its first and only owner, as the British car maker could not provide a factory DBS Superleggera for the production
That limited edition version of the supercar followed the specification of the original DBS used in the film, with an olive green paint job – though only 50 units were made.
The car being offered to the highest bidder will be seen as an opportunity for enthusiasts to get their hands on a genuine modern-era Bond car and a significant item of movie memorabilia.
It was driven in scenes from the film with Daniel Craig as the passenger, with the footage filmed on location in Scotland and at RAF Brize Norton.
However, this car wasn’t provided by the iconic British car firm.
It was loaned to Eon Productions by the vendor, its first and only owner, as Aston Martin could not provide a factory DBS Superleggera for the production.
The film company kept the DBS for two years for filming and promotional purposes and covered 800 of the car’s existing 850 recorded miles.
The supercar has a massive 715bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine under its bonnet
It can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 211mph
Performance wise, the supercar has a massive 715bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine under its bonnet, which propels it from rest to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 211mph.
This DBS Superleggera is offered with a mounted and framed certificate from Aston Martin, thanking the vendor for the loan of the car, sill plates marking the car’s use in the production and an engine plate indicating that the Aston’s ‘final inspection’ was carried out by Daniel Craig.
Also being offered at the same sale is a 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX ‘Spectre’ 4×4 Utility.
Another Bond-film motor: This Land Rover was one of the cars used in 2015 film, Spectre
It is one of 10 converted Land Rover Defenders used in the action-packed snow chase scene sequence, of which only seven cars survived
The Defender, one of the last of the previous-generation 4X4s, has been extensively modified by off-road racing specialist Bowler Motorsport. This means it has incredible off-road ability
It is one of 10 used in the 2015 film’s action-packed snow chase sequence, of which only seven of the Land Rovers survived, with those that didn’t flipping and exploding as Craig’s Bond evaded the enemy.
This left-hand drive SVX was extensively modified by off-road racing specialist Bowler Motorsport to surpass standard Land Rover off-road capability, including fitting Rose-jointed suspension and rally-specification Bilstein shock absorbers.
Its exterior enhancements include a full roll cage, LED roof lights, bonnet rope and WARN electric winch.
Inside, supportive Recaro front seats were fitted for stunt-driving purposes.
Inside, supportive Recaro front seats were fitted for stunt-driving purposes
The custom-built Defender has Rose-jointed suspension and rally-specification Bilstein shock absorbers
Its exterior enhancements include a full roll cage, LED roof lights, bonnet rope and WARN electric winch
The auction house says it expects the 4X4 to change hands for a fee in the region of £150,000 to £200,000.
The two Bond vehicles will be under the hammer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed event at Goodwood House, West Sussex.
Tim Schofield, head of Bonhams Motor Cars UK, said: ‘Bonhams has a history of successfully selling motor cars from the James Bond films, and so we are delighted to present two recent stars of the series.
‘Both offer a golden opportunity to acquire a genuine James Bond film vehicle and in the case of the DBS, a “real” 007 Aston Martin.’
History of the Aston Martin DBS
The DBS V8 pictured with models Jenny Lowe (left) and Carol Craig sitting on the bonnet at the 1970 Earl’s Court Motor Show
The DBS nameplate was first used in 1967 on a six cylinder V6 vehicle created by Aston martin’s in-house designer William Towns.
It was designed to be a dramatic departure from the DB6 it replaced, although the the fastback four-seater DBS was produced alongside the ageing DB6 for three years, until the older car was finally phased out in 1970.
Two years into production, the six-cylinder DBS was joined by the DBS V8 powered by Aston Martin’s all-new 5.3-litre V8 engine hailed as ‘the world’s fastest four-seater production car’.
Just over 1,000 DBS cars were built between 1967 and 1972, including both V6 and V8-powered editions.
After a gap of 35-year the DBS name was revived in 2007, when the all-new DBS – a development of the DB9 – was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the US before going on sale the following year and replacing the first generation Vanquish S.
Powered by a 6.0-litre, 510bhp V12 engine linked to a six-speed manual gear-box, it had a top speed in excess of 190mph.
Later DBS versions had a choice of manual or automatic transmission. In 2009 Aston Martin introduced the DBS Volante – the first ever open-top DBS.
Production of both the second-generation DBS and DBS Volante ceased in 2012.