Just to show that the yucky economy hasn’t stopped some people from whipping out their wallets, the tricked-out Aston Martin from the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball was auctioned off yesterday in London for a cool $4.1 million.
Before you scoff at the price tag, not only is this a vintage Aston Martin from a famous film, it also has an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates, bullet-proof shield, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen — all controlled from factory installed switches hidden in the center arm-rest.
The final sale price is actually a bit of a let-down for those who had predicted the vehicle that was once warmed by Sean Connery’s butt would go for around $5.5 million.
The car, one of only two Aston Martins custom-made for the early Bond films, was purchased by a Pennsylvania man in 1969 for $12,000. The other car was reported stolen in 1997 and has not been recovered since.