Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 set to fetch £1 million

Here’s the ultimate opportunity to indulge those James Bond fantasies: the only example of the SPECTRE Aston Martin DB10 to be offered for sale goes under the hammer next month.

Just 10 DB10s were built by Aston Martin. Eight were used – i.e. modified/destroyed – for filming and one remains in Aston Martin’s collection. Which leaves this one car, which was always intended to be auctioned off.

The car in question was displayed at the Royal Albert Hall for the premiere of SPECTRE and has been signed by Bond himself, Daniel Craig. More importantly, it is fully functional. Based on the V8 Vantage, it features a c. 430bhp, 4.7-litre V8 engine attached to a six-speed manual gearbox. Aston quotes a top speed of 190mph.

That achingly pretty bodywork is fashioned entirely out of carbonfibre, while the interior is finished to Aston’s usual ultra-luxe standards. Because the DB10 is based on an existing, unmodified chassis, getting it registered in the UK shouldn’t be much of a problem; others parts of the world will undoubtedly be more problematic.

Having said that, we’re not sure we would actually want to drive a car as irreplaceable – and gigantically expensive to repair – as the DB10 on real roads, where you never know what idiot might be coming the other way round a blind bend in the middle of the road. And yet, it would seem churlish not to take it out for an occasional thrash. Well, Bond would.

The DB10 is the headline act in a sale of James Bond memorabilia at Christie’s, coinciding with the release of SPECTRE on Blue-ray and DVD on 18 February. It’s expected to fetch at least £1 million, all of which will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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