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 car.
And if any of the 25 come to Australia they could attract the attention of local police courtesy of some of the gadgets that replicate those on the stunt cars used in the movie.
At £2.75 million ($5.1 million) the 007 Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 is a recreation of one of the big screen’s most legendary cars, driven by Sean Connery in the 1964 blockbuster.
It will come with machine guns, revolving number plates, battering rams, a smoke screen delivery system, bullet resistant rear pop-up shield and something to simulate an oil slick.
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 difficult cars to own or drive in Australia.
Built new at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell home, the DB5 Goldfinger cars are authentic to the original, down to the Silver Birch paintwork and retro styling.
Each recreation will also include machine guns that pop out from behind lights at the front and flash orange lights while simulating a firing sound.
The man who helped bring the legendary gadgets to life was Chris Corbould, a special effects coordinator who has worked on 11 Bond films.
Corbould says it was not feasible to use the “flammable gases and ignition systems” employed in movie for “health and safety” reasons.
One also suspects the possibility of starting a gunfight or, at the very least, attracting the attention of authorities, may also be a factor.
Strict gun laws in Australia also cover the use of imitation firearms.
While section 4D of the Firearms Act excludes children’s toys, it does relate to “an object that, regardless of its colour, weight or composition or the presence or absence of any movable parts, substantially duplicates in appearance a firearm but that is not a firearm”.
There’s every chance the 007 machine guns — complete with moving barrels, LED lights and machine gun sounds — would classify as an imitation firearm.
Australian states and territories typically require a permit to own a fake gun.
Combined with the issue of registering the Goldfinger DB5 in Australia — because it doesn’t meet modern emissions and safety standards it cannot be driven on the road — it makes the job of owning the exclusive sports car all the more challenging.
Originally published as Major problem with $5m Bond replica car