SPECTRE's scene-stealing Aston Martin is set to go on sale at Christie's; Mikey Harvey considers the advantages of owning this one-of-a-kind car.
Earlier this week, we suggested you might want to considering adding an Aston Martin DB11 to your portfolio, today we’re rolling back the numbers and steering you towards the DB10 you might want to acquire. Yes, the DB10. There will only ever be one made available to the public and here it is, exclusively photographed for Telegraph Luxury last summer as part of Aston’s ‘bespoke’ collection.
The DB10 was of course designed for the use of James Bond in SPECTRE - the first time Aston has created a car especially for its most famous customer. The story goes that director Sam Mendes was visiting the Aston studio in Gaydon near Warwick to discuss 007’s requirements when he spotted a sketch of what would become the DB10 on the wall. It wasn’t what Aston Martin had in mind, but Mendes would not be shaken. Ten cars were commissioned for the production, all of which survived the filming (which may surprise those among you who’ve seen the film). Two cars were more fully built up than the others - complete with the rather lovely carbon and leather interior you see here - and it’s one of these that will, on February 18th, be auctioned at Christie's in London.
The reserve is $1 million.
The auction, with all proceeds going to Médicins Sans Frontières, includes a whole series of SPECTRE related lots and is, inevitably, timed to coincide with the DVD release of the movie. The DB10 will undoubtedly be the star lot. Like all the DB10s, it’s based around a slightly modified V8 Vantage structure and features that car’s 4.7-litre V8 and six-speed manual box. The car was never ‘type approved’ (crash tested etc), so is not being sold as a road car and indeed the contract of sale stipulates that it cannot be modified and personally approved for road use. There will not be a warranty on this Aston. This car then will most likely disappear from view.
As our story last summer made clear, small-volume, highly collectable cars have been a profitable sideline for Aston Martin while it prepared itself for its second century with a whole new line-up of vehicles, the first in well over a decade, netting the company close to £330 million in revenues. There was never any intention to sell the DB10 however, and the auction will be the only chance to own the car, making it the rarest of all rare Astons. The other nine cars will be kept by Aston Martin and used for promotional purposes.
While the stunt cars have ‘working interiors’ (a seat, a steering wheel, some pedals and, in some cases giant, hydraulic hand brakes) the two beauty cars are distinct from any existing Astons, fusing new-age carbon composites and a combination of digital and analogue instruments with old-school, hand-crafted leather details like the door pulls and a ‘glove box’ that detaches to become a briefcase. Both also have, hidden away inside the gear knob, the most crucial detail of all - a bright red switch for the ejector seat, though that function has needless to say been disabled. Only one guy ever gets to press that button.
- Source: Luxury