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We showcase the original 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which will be sold at auction in London on October 27, alongside a video of the pioneering Aston Martin Cygnet, a city car that has just been confirmed for production.

The Old
On the auction block: 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond

One of only two of the original James Bond Aston Martins driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball is set to be sold at RM Auctions in London on October 27 for an estimated £3.5 million. Described as the auction house as a “cultural icon”, the car differs from other 1964 Aston Martin DB5 models with a series of “Q-branch” gadgets: machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen – all controlled from toggles hidden in an arm-rest.

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The New
Put your name on the waiting list for: the Aston Martin Cygnet

Originally shown as a concept back in March, the Aston Martin Cygnet city car has now been confirmed for production in 2011. Pioneering the luxury automobile of the future, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez surmised: “It is time to think differently. Our customers need a small car for urban and city use, and they want the right tools for the right job, to downsize creatively without compromising intelligence, artistry and personality.” Critics have complained that it looks similar to the Toyota iQ but the finest leathers and an unlimited palette of colours will differentiate the Cygnet as the ultimate commuter car. Orders are now being taken at a base price of £30,000.

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