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The first new DB5 in more than 50 years rolls off the line, as the inaugural Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car is completed.

08 Jul 2020 | International News : U.K.

Many of the U.K.'s most talented craftspeople and engineers put the finishing touches to the first in a new but very familiar series of Aston Martin sports cars, as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation programme - 'Job 1' - left the production line. It is the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century, once again making history.

Dubbed 'the most famous car in the world' and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability.

A broad number of working gadgets from the classic James Bond film, Goldfinger, are faithfully recreated
Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world's best-known secret agent - James Bond - who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin's then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is ongoing there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models.

Created in association with Bond filmmaker EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen in the film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars really are history in the making. 

Each of the 25 new cars are meticulously detailed authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, including an array of functioning devices created by Bond Film Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, with some sympathetic modifications and enhancements to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability.

The first DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is finished after around 4,500 hours of meticulous construction
All the Goldfinger edition cars are being built to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch paint - just like the original. The cars feature original DB5 styled aluminium exterior body panels cloaking an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure.

Under the bonnet, there's a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine with a six-plug head, three SU carburettors and oil cooler, capable of generating 290bhp. This is mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission in the rear-wheel drive DB5, which also features a mechanical limited slip differential.

Servo-assisted hydraulic Girling-type steel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering - which does not feature assistance - and a suspension set-up comprising coil over spring and damper units with anti-roll bar at the front, and a live axle rear suspension with radius arms and Watt's linkage, complete the dynamic package.

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers have commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020. A short video on the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is avaialable here.

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