The James Bond inspiration Aston Martin up for auction
An Aston Martin that has special features and is thought to be the inspiration for James Bond's spy car, is to be auctioned.
The car was made in 1955 and is an Aston Martin DB 2/4, it is thought that when it comes under the hammer at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on 12th of July at the Coys auction that it could fetch up to £250,000.
The Key features of this Aston Martin model
The Aston Martin had been collecting dust and rust off the road for many years, until a father and son team purchased it and restored it. It was during the men restoring the car that it's links with M15 and with Ian Fleming, James Bond creator, came to light.
A complete with gadgets Aston Martin DB5 appeared in the Bond film Goldfinger in 1964 and it's thought that the movie car was modeled on this father and son duo's DB 2/4, which is currently up for sale. Other cars to feature in the James Bond movies include the likes of, the Alfa Romeo 159 used in the hit movie Quantum of Solace,the Jeep Cherokee from Tomorrow never dies and of course the Audi A5 from the latest bond movie Skyfall.
The car that will be auctioned has a variety of one off special items, these include steel bumpers that have been reinforced, driver's seat connections for two way radio, a heavy duty anti interference ignition system and a device which can computer distance in time accurately in relation to a pre selected speed on average.
The history of the Aston Martin
Chris Routledge, who is the managing partner of Coys auctions has said that the story around this Aston Martin and the discovery of it is absolutely phenomenal. He explained that it was owned by Philip Ingram Cunliffe-Lister and his father was Lord Swinton, who was a close confidant of Winston Churchill and who during the Second World War was the head of MI5. The vehicle, was also at Ian Fleming's direct next door neighbours in Kent regularly and it was also the next door neighbours house which Fleming also used as inspiration in the James Bond novels, this time as Drax, the villain's place of residence in Moonraker.