James Bond Aston Martin features in Sydney sale

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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DB5 and DB6 will attract plenty of interest

The Mossgreen auction at the Carriageworks in Sydney this Sunday features two historic Aston Martins: a DB5 and DB6 MkII Vantage.

Though both very desirable, it will be the DB5 that generates the strongest bidding, thanks to its earlier manufacture (DB5s were built 1963-65 and DB6s 1965-70) plus its connection to the James Bond movie Goldfinger.

The latter featured two DB5s in the shoot - one was the prototype and the other a production car. Another DB5 was used in Thunderball, while DB5s also made cameo appearances in later Bond movies.

Under the skin the car ran a 3995cc inline six, claiming a very healthy 282hp and tied to a five-speed manual or three-speed auto transmission.

The 1964 example on offer is a manual and one of just 1059 built. The estimate is $1.5-16 million.

Marginally less eye-watering is the $750-850,000 estimate on the 1970 DB6 Mk II Vantage. This generation used essentially the same mechanicals as the DB5, however the bodywork was substantially altered with more cabin room and a rear spoiler.

That this is a MkII Vantage means it's carrying an improved wheel/tyre package and is running a more powerful version of the DOHC six, claiming 325hp.

The pair heads up an interesting mix of offerings, including some high-profile European machinery such as a Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster.

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