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The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in spy thriller “Goldfinger,” made an appearance in Pierce Brosnan's “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and met an explosive end in its cameo in Daniel Craig's “Casino Royale.” Thankfully, the genuine article survived, especially since there were just 983 produced.
From its founding in 1913, Aston Martin created automobiles intended to appeal to the sporting inclinations of upper-crust English socialites who have long appreciated the brand's understated elegance and an aura of exclusivity. With prices starting at close to $120,000 and reaching nearly $300,000 and only 30,000 cars produced in its century-long history, Aston Martin’s cachet is understandable.
Despite changes that have seen the carmaker shed its homegrown ownership, thanks to a tradition of hand-craftsmanship (no robots are used at Aston Martin), the heritage maker of individually-built, high-performance cars clings to its legacy as automotive royalty. An Aston Martin maintains its well-deserved reputation for being debonair and rakish—much like a James Bond in a perfectly-tailored suit.
Only two of the DB5 silver roadsters were made with a working ejector seat activated by the red button hidden in the top of the gear shift (ala 007). Their cost: $4.6 million
The 2014 Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato was a custom, one-off, two-door station wagon design with a double-bubble roof, created to celebrate the automaker's 100-year anniversary
In 2012 at Amelia Auctions, a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible, one of only seven built, went for $1.21 million