One of Midland car maker Aston Martin’s most famous cars – James Bond’s DB5 – is expected to fetch around £3.5 million when it is sold at auction.
The car – made in 1964, well before the company moved to its Gaydon headquarters – comes complete with gadgets including a bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen maker.
It was driven by Sean Connery in both Goldfinger and Thunderball and is now considered the iconic Bond car.
Owned by American DJ Jerry Lee it’s proved to be an exceptional investment.
He bought it in 1969 for just 12,000 US dollars from the Aston Martin factory and has retained it ever since.
He said: “The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years.
“Even as I sell it and use the proceeds to fund the Jerry Lee Foundation, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the foundation to do good around the world.”
Mr Lee set up his foundation more than 10 years ago to support education and anti-crime projects around the world.
Two Aston Martin DB5s were used in both Goldfinger and Thunderball but one was reported stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed leaving just Mr Lee’s.
The car will go under the hammer at RM Auctions in London on October 27.