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10. Goldfinger, 1964 Stars: Sean Connery, Shirley Eaton, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman Cars: 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (Courtesy Everett Collection)
10. Goldfinger, 1964 Stars: Sean Connery, Shirley Eaton, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman Cars: 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (Courtesy Everett Collection)

007's supercar for sale - at a super price Add to ...

Car for sale: Low mileage. Fully loaded - leather, machine guns, revolving licence plates, retractable bulletproof screen, passenger side ejector seat. Driven only by a British superspy. No air conditioning. Must be seen.

Yes, it's James Bond's ride - the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Thunderball and Goldfinger. After an overhaul at an Ontario restoration shop, it's heading to London, England, where it will go up for auction in October in what could be the richest used-car deal of all time.

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Photo Gallery: This Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Don Rose, a consignment specialist for the Canadian company handling the sale, RM Auctions, believes the Bond Aston Martin is worth at least $5-million (U.S.), but says the sky is the limit: "No one knows what the top end could be," he says. "This isn't a car. It's a cultural icon. There's nothing else like it."

The DB5 is one of just two that were actually driven by Connery in the early Bond films. The second DB5, known as "the effects car," was sold to a Florida real estate developer in 1986 for $275,000. It vanished from an aircraft hangar in 1997, and has not been seen since.

The car now going up for auction has had just two owners - James Bond and Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia-area radio station owner who bought it from the Aston Martin factory for $12,000 (U.S.) in 1969. Mr. Lee kept the car in a specially-built room in his house, and has never driven it. He plans to use the money he nets from the upcoming auction to fund a crime-prevention foundation that he founded.

Preparing the car for sale called for a strategic touch. Mechanics at RM's restoration facility in Blenheim, Ont. overhauled the brakes and exhaust system, but refrained from repainting the car, or, God forbid, replacing the leather seats that once supported James Bond and Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman).

The engine and transmission were working fine. (Although the car is 46 years old, it has only 31,000 miles on its odometer.) The RM technicians also checked and cleaned the DB5's famous armaments and defensive systems, which are well known to Bond aficionados. Among them: a pair of machine guns that pop out from behind the turn signals, and an ejection seat that could launch villains through the roof (the actuator switch is hidden in the shift lever.) The car was also equipped with nail and oil dispensers that were used to confound pursuing vehicles. (Mr. Rose said the oil dispenser had created a bit of a mess in the trunk.)

The mechanics spent over a month working on the car. Mr. Rose describes its current condition as "clean original." While it can't compare with modern cars in terms of performance, the Bond Aston Martin DB5 may be the most recognizable and coveted car ever made, thanks to its indelible association with the world's coolest spy.

"I've been dreaming about this car since I was ten years old," says Mr. Rose. "And so have millions of others."

Although he owns a 1965 Aston Martin himself, Mr. Rose says it is probably worth only about five per cent of the value of the car that was used in the Bond films. "You can't compare them," he says. "Mine wasn't driven by James Bond. It wasn't used on a mission to save the world."

The early Bond Aston Martin is one of a handful of cars that have achieved screen stardom. Others include David Hasselhoff's Knight Rider Firebird, the General Lee Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard, and Herbie, the VW Beetle that appeared in Disney's Love Bug series.

But the Bond Aston Martin reigns over these would-be competitors in the same way that Sean Connery eclipses David Hasselhoff. "It's the greatest movie car ever," says Mr. Rose. "It has no peers."

Photo Gallery: This Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.

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