19th May 2022
Sir Sean Connery's personal Aston Martin DB5 is up for auction
By MI6 Staff
An immaculate 1964 Aston Martin DB5, most recently owned by Sir Sean Connery, is coming up for auction on August 17th-18th.
Early in 2018, Connery purchased the gadget-free version of the most famous car in the world after a long search for one in such good condition. Once purchased, Connery had the car repainted from black to Snow Shadow Gray, the colour used by the prototype DB5 in 'Goldfinger' (the later production model DB5 would use Silver Birch).
After all the work was done, COVID restrictions hit and Connery was not able to really enjoy the car. "Unfortunately as he got older, traveling, especially to Europe [became difficult], and then COVID hit and...," said his son Jason Connery in an interview. "You know, unfortunately, he never really got to enjoy the car that he'd bought."
The DB5 was kept at Connery's home in Switzerland, although he had a photograph of the car on his desk in the Bahamas. Even without the connection to Connery, the car would expect to sell for over $1m. But given the connection to the original 007, auctioneers Broad Arrow estimate the sale to reach $1.1m to $1.8m USD.
Chassis no. DB5/1681/R
Clothed in aluminum 'saloon' bodywork by Milanese design house, Carrozzeria Touring, Aston Martin chassis no. DB5/1681/R is resplendent in Snow Shadow Grey over red Connolly leather. Delivered new to Mr. A. White on July 7, 1964, this five-speed DB5 spent much of its life in the UK until it was purchased by Sir Sean through RS Williams, a well-known Aston Martin specialist. Today, the availability of the Connery DB5 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, DB5/1681/R is the only DB5 ever personally owned by Sir Sean and is offered for sale directly from the Connery estate, who have also committed to donating a significant portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund.
Another aspect of note in the sale of the Connery Aston Martin is that his longtime friend, fellow Scotsman, and multiple F1 World Championship racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart has offered to give the successful buyer a drive in the car at a mutually agreeable time. While the drive itself will no doubt be memorable, the opportunity to perhaps hear a bit more about Sir Sean from a lifelong friend will no doubt be an equally compelling aspect of the added bonus. Sir Sean and Sir Jackie shared a long history of charitable work together dating over four decades and the Connery family has continued to support the work and commitment of their father to his friend. They continue to do so today by supporting Sir Jackie Stewart's Race Against Dementia Foundation, an admirable endeavor shared between generations of family and friends.
The Aston Martin DB5 is in highly presentable condition. In fact, shortly after Sir Sean purchased the car, it went to noted marque specialist RS Williams where it received a mechanical freshening along with a full repaint to the correct Snow Shadow Grey, the correct shade of silver for Mr. Bond's Aston Martin. Since then, the car has been well-maintained and has recently undergone a thorough service and inspection by RS Williams in preparation for the auction.