Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
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Luxury vehicle maker Aston Martin falls to first-quarter loss

Luxury vehicle maker Aston Martin falls to first-quarter loss

Aston Martin's announcement of making Goldfinger DB5 Continuation had delighted film and vehicle geeks immensely. It will cost a lot, though.

BIG wheels and loud exhausts may be a great way to turn heads - but Aston Martin looks set to trump the most heavily modified Ferrari or Ford Mustang with its latest James Bond-inspired road auto.

The cars will have, among other things, rotating license plates that can show three different tags and replica machine guns that poke out from behind the turn signals.

Aston Martin hopes to start delivery on the 25 "new" DB5s next year.

Sean Connery drove the original in the 1964 film Goldfinger.

The car-firm, which also released original blueprints and drawings by Bond designer Ken Adams, said: 'For the first time in nearly 55 years Aston Martin is once again building one of the most iconic sports cars in the world as engineering development continues on the forthcoming Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars. In case all of that isn't enough, the auto will have extendable front and rear battering rams. You can snag one of these DB5 continuation cars for a mere $3.5 million (£2.75 million at current exchange rates).

All of which is adding up to be one of Aston Martin's most expensive and exclusive cars - and one that is shaping up to be one of the most hard cars to own or drive in Australia.

The British company is working in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports auto at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. The main manufacturing facility is now in Warwickshire, England. For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets.

These will be "continuation cars", meaning that, although newly built, they will be exactly like the 1964 DB5s in almost all respects except for the fancy gadgets.

All the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch, just like the original. The price may seem high but it's a relative bargain compared to one of the actual cars used in the film. Someone paid $4.6 million in 2010 for one of those. Those shots were then cut together to create the impression of a single vehicle.

Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: 'As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it's both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here.

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