James Bond's Aston Martin featured in Goldfinger to sell for $6m
It is the first time that the DB5 sports car Sean Connery drove in the hit movie has ever come on the open market.
The silver motor comes complete with the full complement of 'Q Branch' gadgets including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, smoke screen and oil slick.
These secret devices were deployed by 007 when he was being pursued by Goldfinger's henchmen in the 1964 film.
All of the gadgets are still in full working order, although the machine guns do not fire for safety reasons.
It is the same car Bond arrived in at an English golf club to play his famous round of golf with Goldfinger.
And it is also the car he drove as he played a game of cat-and-mouse with the character Tilly Masterson's Mustang car in the Alps.
The car, which also featured in 1965's Thunderball, was bought from Aston Martin in 1969 by American radio DJ Jerry Lee for $12,000.
Mr Lee, now a philanthropist aged in his 70s, used to drive it around in the 1970s but it has been held in storage by him ever since.
He is now selling it at auction in London, with the proceeds going to the Jerry lee Foundation.
The car, which has the number plate FMP 7B, is in perfect working condition and has about 30,000 miles on the clock.
Peter Haynes, of RM Auctions, which is selling the Aston Martin, said: "After the car was used in Thunderball, Aston Martin sold it to Mr Lee who has owned it ever since.
"He paid $12,000 for it at the time. He had to really persuade Aston Martin to sell it to him and they did on condition they could use it for promotional purposes when ever they wanted.
"In fact the car was last seen in public in the 1970s and has been locked away in a private Bond-themed room since then.
"The car is up and running and all the gadgets still work too. You can use the smoke screen and oil slick discharge, the revolving number plates and activate the bullet-proof shield at the back.
"The machine guns obviously don't work - they never have done - but you can still press a button inside and it moves them into position.
"The car is road legal and whoever buys it will be able to take it out on the open road or drive it to work if they wanted."
The auction takes place on October 27 and Mr Haynes said they are expecting huge interest in it from around the world.
He said: "This is the car Sean Connery drove in the film. It is the same car he arrived in to play his round of golf with Goldfinger and the one he drove up a mountain pass alongside actress Tania Mallett's Mustang car.
"Under normal circumstances we would expect classic car collectors to be interested.
"But because it is 007's car then it should appeal to wealthy people who like collecting cultural iconic items, like Jimi Hendrix's guitar or Marilyn Monroe's dress."
The DB5 has recently undergone a re-commissioning program to return it to running condition ahead of the auction.
Mr Lee, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said: "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years.
"Even as I sell it, the car will continue to give me great pleasure as it furthers the mission of the foundation to do good around the world."
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