1964’s ‘Goldfinger’, the 3rd film in the iconic James Bond series actually saw the introduction of a new gadget-laden Bond Car, the Aston Martin DB5 that caused a tremendous amount of talk because of its timeless beauty and was dubbed as the most famous car in the world. Notably only 4 examples of this iconic Bond car was produced for the 007 films Goldfinger and Thunderball starring Sean Connery, which impressively signaled the start of British automakers relationship with iconic secret service agent which spans 11 Bond films and 50 years of cinema history. Now, one of the four original DB5s, the 1965 model which is notably one of only two which comes fully fitted out with all of Q Branch’s Bond-worthy gadgets is being offered for sale in UK for whopping $4.7 million. The car is being offered for private sale by Britain-based Aston Martin specialist RS Williams, on the occasion of British automaker’s 100th anniversary which also saw the launch of Aston Martin’s Centenary Edition Vanquish. However, the other 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball got sold for a cool $4.1 million in London in year 2010.
Having changed hands from Ford Motors to Investment Dar in 2007, British luxury car maker Aston Martin is up and about, looking for a strategic investor who could own as much as a 50% stake in the company.
Interestingly the two companies battling it out for the coveted slot are Italian private equity fund InvestIndustrial and Indian SUV manufacturer and tractor maker Mahindra & Mahindra.
The current scenario indicates that the bid lies in favour of M&M, and the company could initiate a deal with 40% stake, while holding rights to up the deal by an additional 10% over the next four years, says Economic Times.
Having to front possible over £250 million, this is a remarkably bold move by M&M considering they presently have no luxury sportscars or supercars in their portfolio.
M&M stands to gain a lot from this cult luxury cars brand which has made a star-studded Hollywood appearance in as many as 11 James Bond flicks. The acquisition of a major stake in Aston Martin will certainly refurbish M&M’s utility vehicle manufacturer tag, and up its glam quotient by quite a few notches. Anyone else waiting to see Bond roll out in an M&M stamped ride?