The family of the James Bond star, who died in October 2020 aged 90, is selling the 1964 classic car to raise money for a philanthropy fund set up in his name.
The DB5, synonymous with the Bond franchise, has been listed as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ as it is the only car personally owned by Sir Sean.
The winning bidder will also get a personal drive in the car from world championship racer and fellow Scot Sir Jackie Stewart, who was a lifelong friend of the actor.
Edinburgh-born Sir Sean bought the five-speed car because he wanted to drive it without the heavy gadgets used in the film – but would have kept the ejector seat if he could, according to his son.
Jason Connery continued: ‘Dad did tell me that driving the movie cars, all laden down with the gadgets, especially the machine guns in the front, made the car really front-heavy and turning at slow speed was a Herculean task, so driving without gadgets was a joy.
‘He loved how well balanced it was.
‘Dad also said he would have kept the ejector seat. I didn’t ask, “Who for?”‘
After a lengthy search, Sir Sean bought the car from a specialist and sent it to be repainted in the traditional Bond colour of snow shadow grey.
Senior car specialist and family friend Barney Ruprecht said helping the actor source the car was ‘one of the most enjoyable memories’.
He said: ‘Sitting behind the wheel of Sir Sean’s personal DB5 is like stepping into the shoes of the legend himself and, for an enthusiast of the legendary actor and film franchise such as myself, nothing compares.’
In the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, Sir Sean’s 007 had a DB5 fitted with an array of gadgets including a Browning .30 calibre machine gun in each front wheel arch and hub-mounted tyre slashers.
Box office success saw a surge in sales for Aston Martin and the car became a mainstay in the franchise.
The upcoming Broad Arrow auction will be held at the Monterey jet centre in California on August 18.
Chassis no. DB5/1681/R
Clothed in aluminium 'saloon' bodywork by Milanese design house, Carrozzeria Touring, Aston Martin chassis no. DB5/1681/R is resplendent in Snow Shadow Grey over red Connolly leather.
Delivered new to Mr. A. White on July 7, 1964, this five-speed DB5 spent much of its life in the UK until Sir Sean through RS Williams, a well-known Aston Martin specialist, purchased it.
Today, the availability of the Connery DB5 represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, DB5/1681/R is the only DB5 ever personally owned by Sir Sean and is offered for sale directly from the Connery estate, who have also committed to donating a significant portion of the sale proceeds to benefit the Sean Connery Philanthropy Fund.
Another aspect of note in the sale of the Connery Aston Martin is that his long-time friend, fellow Scotsman, and multiple F1 World Championship racing driver, Sir Jackie Stewart has offered to give the successful buyer a drive in the car at a mutually agreeable time.
While the drive itself will no doubt be memorable, the opportunity to perhaps hear a bit more about Sir Sean from a lifelong friend will no doubt be an equally compelling aspect of the added bonus.
Sir Sean and Sir Jackie shared a long history of charitable work together dating over four decades and the Connery family has continued to support the work and commitment of their father to his friend. They continue to do so today by supporting Sir Jackie Stewart's Race Against Dementia Foundation, an admirable endeavour shared between generations of family and friends.
The Aston Martin DB5 is in highly presentable condition. In fact, shortly after Sir Sean purchased the car, it went to noted marque specialist RS Williams where it received a mechanical freshening along with a full repaint to the correct Snow Shadow Grey, the correct shade of silver for Mr Bond's Aston Martin.
Since then, the car has been well-maintained and has recently undergone a thorough service and inspection by RS Williams in preparation for the auction.