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Aston Martin Driven By Bond Actor Finds a Home

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On: Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Gary P Garry


Aston Martin Driven By Bond Actor Finds a Home

The Aston Martin company has been associated with some very influential automobiles over the years. Aston Martin was originally founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, a pair of early British automotive enthusiasts.

Martin was actually a race car driver, and as you may imagine, he wanted to build fast cars. He was certainly successful in that regard.

The company was founded in 1913, but momentum was stalled because of the onset of World War I. After the war, Martin's vision started to come into focus in real life. Cars that the company built in 1922 set records for speed and staying power, and a legend was born.

The early days are one thing, but most people think of the James Bond movies when they think about the Aston Martin. James Bond, the suave man of mystery, drove an Aston Martin DB5 in the classic Bond film Goldfinger. As a result, the car has forevermore been tied to the fictional British Secret Service agent.

As you may imagine, the 1964 Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 is about as collectible as a car can get. Back in 2010 it went on the auction block in London, and it fetched a princely sum. An American collector named Harry Yeaggy purchased the car for a cool $4.1 million.

Sean Connery was the actor who played the role of James Bond in Goldfinger, but Roger Moore played the role in seven different Bond movies during the 1970s and 1980s. He also had a role in a British TV show called The Persuaders!. He drove an Aston Martin on the show, and the car was recently auctioned off by Bonhams, a well known British auction house.

The car may not have been in any James Bond movies, but it was driven by Moore, and it is an Aston Martin after all. That was good enough for a buyer who was willing to cough up $900,000 for the 1970 DBS.

The DBS is powered by a 4 liter engine that is rated at 280 hp. It can go from a standing position to 60 miles an hour in just over 7 seconds, and it is in incredible condition. Plus, to sweeten the pot, Roger Moore autographed it on the underside of the trunk door. Tony Curtis starred in The Persuaders! alongside Moore, and he also autographed the car.

All in all, it sounds like a very cool purchase if you have $900,000 burning a hole in your piggy bank.




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