We’re not sure if Harry Yeaggy has a serious case of road rage or just a fixation with films. He definitely does have plenty of money to spare…as he proved by snapping up the original 007 DB5, the Aston Martin coupe used by Bond, James Bond, in the long-running movie series’ first two films, Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Yeaggy, an Ohio car collector reportedly got a bargain, winning the bidding at an RM Auctions event, in London, for 2.9 million pounds, or $4.6 million, including fees. Some estimates predicted the tricked-out Aston would go for anywhere from 3.5 million to as much as 10 million pounds sterling.
Then again, it was all profit for the previous owner, Philadelphia radio broadcaster Jerry Lee, who snapped the modified Aston Martin DB5 for just $12,000, in 1969, after MGM, the Bond series studio, finished using the car for a promotional tour.
There have been a number of different automotive brands associated with James Bond, both in book and film form, over the years, notably including BMW, which briefly bought the franchise’s tie-in rights, in part to help launch the then-new Z3 roadster, with the film, GoldenEye. Even American Motors got a moment in the spotlight, when Agent 007 stole a Hornet from a dealership in Bangkok and made a getaway crashing through the showroom window.