"World's most famous car" to go on display in Britain

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in
Goldfinger and
Thunderball is set to go on a short public display this summer ahead of its hotly anticipated auction in October.

Bond fans can see the car, dubbed “the most famous car in the worl,d, at the Midsummer Classic Concours d’Elegance (June 26) at the Stoke Park Club in Britain, where parts of the 1964 Goldfinger film were shot.

The silver DB5, registration FMP 7B, was the first Bond car that achieved worldwide fame and went on to become the most recognized cinematic car driven by James Bond.

Despite strong competition from cars produced by Bentley, BMW, Ford and Lotus, it has never been eclipsed as the quintessential Bond car.

It still retains the gadgets fitted by "Q Branch" (in reality fitted by the legendary special effects expert John Stears), including machine guns, revolving numberplates and a nail spreader.

The vehicle was one of two built for the 1964 Goldfinger movie and the only one known to exist after the other was stolen in 1997.

It was purchased by US radio personality Jerry Lee in 1969 and has been kept out of the public eye ever since, until the announcement earlier this year that it is to be auctioned in London.

The final price of the October 27 auction is expected to exceed $5 million (€4.05 million), with proceeds going to the Jerry Lee Foundation, which promotes crime reduction and education.

For Bond fans, seeing the car at either the Midsummer Classic or the auction could be an expensive affair - Midsummer Classic daytime tickets are £95 (€114) and entry to the auction requires the purchase of a £50 (€60) catalog.

http://www.midsummerclassic.co.uk/

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