The recreation business – whereby classic models from yesteryear are rebirthed in the modern day – has become a rich cash cow for the likes of Jaguar and Aston Martin.
Jaguar has given us a modern-day XKSS and Lightweight E-Type – both lovingly crafted to be exact replicas of the originals – and made a very tidy profit from flogging the limited-edition new ‘old’ cars.
Aston Martin also recently leapt into the fray with a run of 25 DB4 GTs, built in the same Newport Pagnell facility where the originals were produced from 1959-63. They were clearly so delighted with the revenue and brand value these genuine retro cars generated that they’re now repeating the exercise – but this time with James Bond’s iconic DB5, as seen in Goldfinger.
Aston Martin says each of the 28 DB5s it will build will be an authentic reproduction of 007’s ride, powered by the same 282bhp, 4.0-litre straight-six engine that propels it from 0-100kph in 7.3sec and a top speed of 236kph. Yes, we know… These numbers aren’t electrifying by today’s standards, but it’s what Bond had at his disposal back in 1964.
Interestingly, Aston Martin says each of the Dh12.86m (gulp) DB5 recreations will be equipped with a full set of functional James Bond-style gadgets. For the record, the Goldfinger DB5’s bag of tricks included revolving number plates, smokescreen, oil slick, ejector seat, rear bullet-proof screen, twin machine guns in the front wings and a homing device – but we don’t imagine all of these will be fitted to the recreations.
First deliveries of the 25 customer-bound cars will begin in 2020, and a further three cars will be built, but won’t be for sale – EON Productions and Aston Martin will get one each, and the third will be auctioned for charity.