James Bond's Aston Martin to light up LondonTue, 19 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
With little more than a week to go, RM Auctions is gearing up for its fourth-annual Automobiles of London event. It's set for Oct. 27, with preview times beginning on Oct. 26. The lots are diverse and offer a little something for everyone. Here's a look at what to expect:
FOR THE MOVIE AFFICIANADO
Used in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, which is being hawked at the “Most Famous Car in the World” is fitted with several Bond modifications, including a bulletproof shield and a smoke screen. The car is expected to sell for more than $5.56 million.
The 1969 Lamborghini Islero GTS driven by Roger Moore in the film The Man Who Haunted Himself will also cross the auction block. This Islero is one of only five right-hand-drive cars built, and is estimated to sell for between $151,000 and $215,000.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
While maybe not as exciting as the DB5's oil-slick sprayer, the 1904 DeDion-Bouton Model ADL Rear-Entry Tonneau also comes with several bells and whistles--circa the early 1900s. Complete with a wicker parasol holder and a dashboard-mounted pocket watch, this DeDion-Bouton was named a best in class at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
FOR THE DAREDEVIL
Piloted by actress Honor Blackman as the Bond girl “Pussy Galore,” the 1960 Hiller UH-12 E4 helicopter featured in Goldfinger is also up for auction. The helicopter isn't just for appearances either--it's in full flying condition, and the current owner has offered to provide the winning bidder with flying lessons or piloting assistance. The helicopter is expected to sell for $317,000 to $635,000.
The auction will also feature two motorcycles driven by English stunt performer Eddie Kidd. The 1989 Honda CR50 motorcycle that Kidd used to jump across the Great Wall of China in 1993 is could fetch $31,000 to $47,000.
FOR THE TIFOSI
This London sale will feature nine important Ferraris, including the 1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder. Displayed at the 1966 Geneva motor show, chassis No. 08347 is the first of only 14 examples ever built. The car is estimated to sell for $876,000 to $1.083 million.
FOR THE SPEED DEMON
Capable of accelerating to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds, the 2010 Pagani Zonda R holds the title of the fastest car on the N
By Izzi Bendall