James Bond cars

1964 Aston Martin DB5
Driven in: Skyfall
Used price: $450,000
In “Skyfall,” the latest Bond film, the British super-spy goes back to the classic Aston Martin DB5, although a new Aston Martin would certainly have been faster, handled better and been less expensive to boot.

2002 Aston Martin Vanquish
Driven in: Die Another Day
Used price: $85,000
The Vanquish used in “Die Another Day” marked Bond’s return in 2002 to the Aston Martin brand after several films in which he drove cars from, oddly enough, Germany’s BMW.
When new, a Vanquish sold for around $230,000. That was, of course, without the Q option package which included an “adaptive camaflouge” system that, in the movie, failed to work. (Finicky English cars, you know.) While it’s still not exactly cheap, a used one can be had today for $85,000 — a relatively modest price in ultra-luxury terms.

1980 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Driven in: For Your Eyes Only
Used price: $11,800
Turbocharging brought this 4-cylinder Lotus model into true supercar performance territory. Fear of auto theft was clearly becoming an issue by now, even for Bond. His Lotus was equipped with a rather extreme security system. In the movie, the car blew up when someone tried to break into it.

1996 BMW Z3
Driven in: GoldenEye
Used price: $5,400
Clearly, this bit of product placement — in the film that marked Pierce Brosnan’s debut as bond — worked as well as BMW could possibly have wanted. Z3 sales spiked after the movie’s release, according to Haggerty. Bond’s Z3 was blue and tan and, even today, that color combination brings a bit more in the used car market, according to Hagerty Insurance.

1977 Lotus Esprit S1
Driven in: The Spy Who Loved me
Used price: $11,800
This Esprit became one of the most famous Bond cars because, in the movies, it could go underwater and, while there, shoot missiles. (If you don’t recognize it, that’s because the one in the film was white.) In real life, this model has a reputation for leaving its owners drowning under hefty repair bills, according to Hagerty Insurance. They advise snooping around into any Esprit’s background and maintenance history before committing your cash.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Driven in: Diamonds are Forever
Used price: $26,000
Sean Connery drove this fastback Mustang model in a mad chase through downtown Las Vegas, at one point taking it up on two wheels through a narrow alleyway. Not bad for a model that, some critics contend, had grown too big and bloated, moving away from the Mustang’s original “pony car” roots.

1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series II
Driven in: Dr. No
Used price: $18,100
The British Sunbeam Alpine was the only sports car available to the Bond production team while filming in Jamaica. The stylish Alpine was a little softer-riding than an MG or Triumph of its day but it was a well-built little car, according to Hagerty.

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7
Driven in: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Used price: $23,500
In the movie, a red Cougar XR7 is driven by Bond’s future wife, played by Diana Rigg. It actually gets far more screen time than her beau’s Aston Martin. The red convertible seen in the movie appeared to be a 428 Cobra Jet XR7, according to Hagerty and was defintely much more exciting to look at the beige car seen here.

1974 AMC Hornet
Driven in: The Man with the Golden Gun
Used price: $1,900
This had to be the biggest product placement ever for the now defunct American Motors. In the movie, Bond nabs the Hornet out of a Hong Kong showroom and goes on a chase involving an AMC Matador Coupe. While it may be cheap, if you can find one, few Hornets of this era survive. If you do find one, we do not recommend that you attempt a corkscrew jump over a river. That only works in the movies.

1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6
Driven in: Octopussy
Used price: $7,300
In the movie, Bond swipes an Alfa Romeo and leads police cars on a chase as he attempts to stop the detonation of a nuclear bomb. Hagerty Insurance describes the GTV6 as “a starter Ferrari for less than $10,000,” and one of the greatest collector car bargains now available.

Courtesy: http://money.cnn.com

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