We’ll never agree on the best James Bond of all time (though we’re more than happy to argue about it). The best James Bond car, however, is somewhat of a foregone conclusion: the Aston Martin
While the original model was only produced between 1963 and 1965, Aston Martin and James Bond diehards alike recently had a chance to purchase “continuation” versions of the DB5 Sean Connery drove in 1964’s Goldfinger, and those $3.5 million gadget-stuffed machines are now in the process of being delivered. For those that missed out on those or don’t have that much cash to blow, there is another option: the DB5 Junior, a mini version of the Aston Martin that’s now for sale through The Little Car Company.
The London outpost made headlines this summer for offering a mini version of the legendary Bugatti Type 35 race car, and now it’s expanding its offerings with Aston. The general idea here is the same as those electric ride-on cars you’ll find in the toy aisle of Target — as the “junior” nomenclature suggests, these are designed for kids — but that’s where the comparison ends.
Instead of some pint-sized cheap plastic cruiser, the DB5 Junior is a sizable authentic recreation made in collaboration with Aston Martin. According to the website, the car “has been developed using a full 3D scan of an original 1963 Aston Martin DB5,” just with the proportions shrunk to 66 percent. It does feature an electric powertrain, but it can hit an impressive 30 mph in the top driving modes (you can basically handicap the power if you don’t trust your kid with that much speed).
“Not only does it sport authentic Aston Martin badges throughout, but it also comes with supple leather upholstery, a mahogany-and-aluminum steering wheel and replica Smiths instruments — the same firm which produced them for the ’60s original,” Robb Report noted.
All that attention to detail will cost you. The limited-edition DB5 Junior starts around $47K and the premium DB5 Vantage Junior ups the price to $60K. That may seem like a lot, but hey, if you compare it to the real thing, this is a steal … right?
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