Thursday, October 28, 2010
Cincinnati Banker Buys The Most Famous Car In The World: $4.6 Million For James Bond's Goldfinger-era Aston-Martin
Those gizmos, of course, were designed by Q, the gadget master of Her Majesty's Secret Service in the Bond films. There's an oil-slick sprayer, a revolving license plate with French and Swiss tags, smoke screen dispenser and bullet-proof shield. The ejector seat apparently has been disabled and the pop out machine guns and tire-shredders were add ons for Connery's ride in the Bond films. Here's a YouTube clip from the movie Golfinger of the scene of Q giving Harry Yeaggy's Aston Martin to James Bond. Q explains it's an experimental model. And here's a chase scene from Goldfiner with Yeaggy's DB5 in the the Alps (dubbed in French). Now, the car has 30,000 miles on the odometer and can reach 145 mph tops. 0 to 60 takes about 7 seconds. Sotheby's and RM auctions in London held the sale, and the car went for less than the estimated pre-sale price.
It belonged to Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia broadcaster who bought it from the Aston Martin factory in 1969. Lee paid $12,000. Goldfinger himself would be impressed by the profit. Lee says he plans to use the money for a charity, the Jerry Lee Foundation, that fights poverty and crime. Author Dave Worrall christened the Bond's DB5 the most famous car in the world. Worrall writes books about James Bond movies and memorabilia.
The Daily Mail piece has lots of photos of the car in London. Here's another story from the International Business Times. Cincinnati's Yeaggy may not have shaken up the world, but he's certainly stirred things. Remember the name, Yeaggy, Harry Yeaggy.