What Happened to James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger?
Fifty years ago Sean Connery appeared as James Bond in Goldfinger, the third movie of the extremely popular 007 franchise.
One of the co-stars in the movie was a Aston Martin DB5, of course fully loaded with top legendary gadgets installed at Q Branch.
There were four vehicles originally produced for Goldfinger. One was used for movie stunts, two for P.R purposes and the infamous one that James Bond uses on screen.
Although it had less than 15 minutes of screen time the Aston Martin became one of the most famous vehicles in the world. Ownership of this car, or at least a stripped down version, was every man’s dream.
axle chains, dragged the car out of the hanger at Boca Raton Airport. Skid marks ended a small cargo plane could have been parked.
The Aston Martin DB5 used by Bond in the movie ended up in the hands of Richard Losee. The car was purchased by developer Anthony Pugliese III for $275,000 at a Sothebys auction in 1986.
Pugliese didn’t run down to the grocery store to impress shoppers in this beauty instead it was placed on exhibit in dozens of museums, auto shows, and other venues. In between exhibitions the Aston Martin was stored in a hangar at Boca Raton Airport.
In the mid-1990s Pugliese executed a new policy with Chubb Insurance for 80 percent of the appraised value of the car, which at that time was $4.2 million.
In 1997 somebody took their dream of ownership a
little too far and stole the famous Aston Martin DB5. Thieves cut gate hinges and alarm wires, then using
Sean Connery next to the infamous Aston Martin DB5 featured in Goldfinger. The car was stolen in 1997 and has not been seen since.
Since that night the Aston Martin DB5 has never been seen and the Boca Raton Police Department now consider the case inactive.
Although detectives suspected Pugliese of masterminding the heist, they couldn’t prove it and in late 1997 the insurance company paid out on the policy.
Is the car at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico rusting, or in a private collection somewhere? Either way the Aston Martin DB5, sadly, will probably never see the light of day again. Despite the dubious circumstances the heist, the car was insured.
As it was displayed at many different venues it would have been covered by commercial vehicle insurance policy. If Pugliese did not have this type of coverage he would be out the car and his initial investment. If you have one or more commercial vehicles call us for free insurance quotes.