Aston Martin has announced it will auction its Astin Martin DB10 sports car — the first Aston to be built exclusively for a James Bond film — for Médecins Sans Frontières charity. Scheduled to hit London’s auction house of Christie’s on February 18, the DB10 should fetch more than £1 million.
One of the stars of Spectre, (the other being Jaguar’s C-X75 Concept), Aston Martin’s DB10 is a hint at what’s to come with Aston Martin’s DB9-replacing DB11 sports car. It’s sharp creases will blend into the designs of the UK automaker’s next generation of models. Only 10 examples were produced at Aston’s Gaydon headquarters for filming of the latest Bond film. The DB10 is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed manual gearbox.
Most of the DB10’s were modified for the movie, but the car being auctioned was one of two “show” cars that toured the world for auto shows and film promotions. In other words, this one hasn’t been tainted by aggressive driving. Daniel Craig — 007 himself — has also signed this particular example.
One important disclaimer for the uber-wealthy who might be interested in purchasing such a car: It isn’t road-legal. Since it’s design purpose was for either filming or promotion, Aston Martin didn’t homologate or put the DB10 through safety regulation screenings. That said, with a spare bit of cash, a buyer could presumably retrofit the model to comply with regional laws. If I was spending over a million bucks on a car, I might want to drive it on occasion.
As for the upcoming DB11, Aston Martin recently teased a twin-turbocharged V12 which will serve up about 550 horsepower, but there may also be a lesser twin-turbocharged V8 available, courtesy of Mercedes-AMG. Entry-level power should hover around the 475-horsepower mark.