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Arguably the most famous car in the world has a long and convoluted history. Although two cars were used in the filming of Goldfinger and Thunderball, only one was driven by Sean Connery. That 1963 Aston Martin DB5 was actually a modified DB4 and was used for all the road scenes.

Aston Martin removed all the gadgets and sold the car in 1968. The owner quickly had the gadgets reinstalled and eventually sold it to a Utah resident in 1971. It then had a bit part in Cannonball Run and was eventually sold in 1987 along with the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger.

The car was stolen from an aircraft hangar in Boca Raton in 1997 and wasn't seen again until January of 2022. An art recovery group claims the car is somewhere in the Middle East and is giving the current possessor an opportunity to return it before taking action.

The second car, dubbed the Gadget Car, was used for all the special effects. It too had all of it gadgets removed and was sold to an American. He showed it for a few years when it was damaged at a car show in Tennessee. He vowed to never display it publicly again. 

In 1977, the chairman of Aston Martin convinced the owner to let them display the car and they would refurbish it and reinstall all of the gadgets. After the short tour the owner then stowed it away where it wasn't seen again until it went to auction in 2010.



My drawing is 11’x14” marker on paper. Prints are available through the links at the top of this article and on eBay or Amazon. The original painting is available below.

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