'Bond' Aston Martin DB5 + Peel Trident + Mazda RX-7 - Auction Action 431

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1965 Aston Martin DB5 "James Bond" car

Sold: $9.4M
RM Sothebys

Arguably the most iconic and recognisable Aston Martin built. This Aston Martin DB5 was one of two used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as MI6 superspy James Bond and Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger. Even better the DB5 was sold with many of the Bond gadgets built by Q Branch in working order. "Ejector seat?" Bond exclaimed with a smile. "You’re joking!". "I never joke about my work, 007," retorted Q, deadly serious. It was restored in 2012 and came with factory build sheet, prior British registration and restoration photos and invoices. It is every bloke's dream toy.


1964 Peel Trident


Sold: $99,000

Yes, I laughed when I saw it, resembling a fishbowl on wheels. And my jaw dropped when I saw what someone paid for said fishbowl. The Peel was made famous by Jeremy Clarkson on TopGear. That was the P50, this is the Trident a fiberglass bodied single seater reputed to be the world’s smallest car. It’s one of the first ten of 86 ever built between 1964 and 1966, one of a handful of survivors. It is 1.8 metres long and powered by a 50cc DKW fan cooled engine with three speed gearbox. It sold with full history.


1995 Mazda RX-7 SP coupe

Sold: $74,000


A poster car for many in the day, the RX-7 Mazda is now experiencing higher demand. This homologation special, one of only nine from Mazda Australia, is likely to be a pack leader. With three owners since new, it shows 111,130 kms. As the basis for Mazda’s successes in endurance racing in the mid-1990s it retains BBS 17-inch wheels, carbon airbox and fuel tank. It has Recaro kevlar seats and air conditioning (not working) plus an aftermarket turbo timer. It wouldn’t be too big a task to get it back to factory spec.


1994 McLaren F1 'LM-specification'

Sold: $29.18M
RM Sothebys


A record price for a McLaren, it was also top price tag at the 2019 Pebble Beach auctions. This McLaren F1 LM, is one of two built featuring the GTR race engine and extra high downforce kit. It's also one of just 64 road cars produced by McLaren that year. Superbly maintained and with full history, the Gordon Murray designed masterpiece has travelled a mere 21,500 kilometres.


1997 G-Force GF01 Indy Car

Sold: $650,000


Here's one for the larger poolroom. The winning car from the 1997 Indianapolis 500, it also won the Texas 500, Las Vegas 500 and significantly it’s the first G-Force Indy car. It retains its 4-litre Oldsmobile V-8 engine and comes with the exclusive Indianapolis Speedway low-downforce wing package. How long could you resist the temptation to take it to a track?


On the Block:

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS

Burns & Co
September 22 2019


American and Aussie metal tend to dominate this upcoming auction from Burns & Co, which is happening out at Bayswater (east of Melbourne) at 1.00pm on September 22. There are pretty rich pickings, including this slick-looking Chev coupe, an HT Holden Monaro six, Ford Mercury Montego, Pontiac Firebird, a couple of Toranas, Westfield Clubman and an S-series Valiant. See Burnsandco.com.au.


1974 Ford Capri RS3100

Estimate: $100,000-150,000
21 September 2019


Kermit Green in colour and very rare in this part of the world. The RS 3100 Capri, distinguished by its four headlights and spoilers at both ends was the top dog in the Capri lineup and the sportiest of all. With a powerful V6 engine, the RS Capri often stared in British cop shows like The Professionals.


This particular example shows 52,688 miles on the odometer and looks to be in rather tidy order. The RS Capri made a name for itself on the racetracks in Europe and here in 1975 with Allan Moffat at the wheel. All variants of the 1970s Capri have been appreciating in value and none more so than the RS models. You won’t bump into many at the carpark.


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