Bond’s original Aston model: ’57 Aston-Martin DB2/4 MK III
In Ian Fleming’s Novel, Goldfinger, Bond drives a DB2/4 MKIII. In the movie version, James gets a bump up to a DB5, one of the most iconic cars in all of film. A 1959 review of a DB2/4 MK III by Road & Track magazine praised the car for everything but its $7,450 price. “A car for connoisseurs,” they called it. “The Aston has many virtues and few faults.” Among the faults was too-heavy steering effort, high door sills, and a stiff ride. R&T failed to comment at all on the car’s innovative hatchback body style, complete with fold-down rear seats, although this had been first introduced in the 2/4 MkI in 1953. Today’s featured Aston is represented by a very knowledgeable broker, David Olimpi. David has a world-wide reputation and will only take on a classic with unquestionable provenance. And that is what this Aston has. It is a 3-owner car with the first 2 being California residents. The 3rd owner has upgraded the carbs to Webers and the transmission to a 5-speed. So this baby is set for some long distance touring and not a garage queen. There is no question that this is a significant car and the price of $325,000 reflects that. But the owner might be a little ahead of the curve. Hagerty has #1 DB2/4 MK IIIs at $260,000 and Sports Car Market Price Guide, a bit less. If you have serious interest, contact David through his website by clicking here. (you’ll have to click on “Cars for Sale” to get to the Aston listing).