Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A Bond bargain

Aston Martin used in ‘Spectre’ for sale for £1 to £1.5 million despite being undriveable


Ten Aston Martin DB10’s were manufactured for James Bond’s twenty-fourth outing in Spectre in 2015 and now the first to be made available to a private owner is being sold in a charity auction by Christie’s complete with a plaque signed by Daniel Craig on 18th February.


A Bond bargain - Aston Martin DB10 for auction for £1 to £1.5 million
A Bond bargain – The Aston Martin DB10 on offer was produced as nothing but a display car
A Bond bargain - Aston Martin DB10 for auction for £1 to £1.5 million
Daniel Craig pictured with the car


Offered with a staggering estimate of £1,000,000 to £1,500,000 ($1.4 million or €1.3 million), the 6-speed manual, Spectre Silver coloured 4.7-litre V8 petrol car has an all carbon fibre exterior and a handcrafted leather interior. It is said to be capable of 190mph but is sold as a collector’s item only. Christie’s note:


“It is an original Aston Martin DB10, and was built to be capable of certain limited specific uses by trained drivers in a controlled environment for filming. The vehicle is not homologated, certified or approved for use on any public roads and has not undergone the testing processes used for production vehicles, including but not limited to occupant safety, crash testing, durability and/or emissions of aftersales maintenance regimes”.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the buyer of this lot will only acquire the physical property of this DB10 vehicle. The lot is sold without any warranty of any kind, subject to Paragraph E of our Conditions of Sale. Intellectual property rights arising in connection with the vehicle belong to Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, including, without limitation, its designs, trademarks and copyright”.


“Christie’s makes no promise that the vehicle is of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose or roadworthy”.


The car was used for display purposes only and surprisingly represents great value for money given its pedigree. It can only go up in value and will most likely end up in the collection of an Aston Martin or Bond franchise fanatic.


Update: 19th February: The car sold for the staggering sum of £2,785,500 ($3,977,694, €3,568,226).




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    1. Actually they are just covering their arses with that statement about not being able to run it on the road. As a private owner you could get it MOT’d and apply for (ironically enough now I think about it!) a ‘Q’ plate which can be issued to anything that passes an MOT. A friend once registered a converted lawnmower like that and when I was 20 I built my first car out of a combination of Morris minor parts and and planks from a giant redwood tree which my father and I felled on my parents estate when it died. I constructed it to look like an Ford model T pickup and it had a bench seat and no doors. It flew through it’s first MOT and I registered it on a ‘Q’ plate and ran around it in it for about 5 years. I called it “The Woodmobile” and it pulled lots of crumpet.

      All that said you would have to be nuts to pay a million for the prototype DB10 when the production car will be out in 18 months time with a much faster engine and a £100k price tag.

    2. I agree Glenmore, it really is stunning,let’s hope the production version is faithful to this wonderful design. Sadly the rules and regs often lead to dilution of the original concept. If it is built in carbon fibre, then I will be wildly out on the price tag though, which is more likely to be around £200-£250k.


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