At the recent (July 2014) classic car auction at Blenheim Palace, a bid of more than £300,000 was still not enough to take home a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 claimed as the inspiration for the model in the James Bond book and movie ‘Goldfinger’.
The car appeared as one of around 91 iconic and legendary cars, alongside 90 motorcycles which also went under the hammer on the day. The original DB 2/4 was produced from 1953 to 1957, and has a classic look with spherical headlights and an elongated bonnet.
This version of the vehicle is widely considered to have been author Ian Fleming’s point of reference when describing James Bond’s own Aston Martin in his book. It’s said that the owner of the model was Fleming’s boss, a former head of MI5 and close friend of Winston Churchill.
According to reports, the ‘Goldfinger’ car is equipped with secret compartments, a two-way radio, an anti-interference ignition system and several other appropriate gadgets. Even the steel bumpers are said to have been imperceptibly reinforced.
The estimated value of the car was not revealed prior to the auction or printed in the official catalogue. A winning bid of £320,000 was apparently lower than the reserve price, and talks between the owner and the bidder are now taking place.
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