Have we told you how much we love Aston Martins? The last of a dying breed – a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 2014 Vanquish – is up for auction. But this is not just any other Aston Vanquish. This one is numbered ‘007’ because it was actually used by Daniel Craig as, erm, himself. In fact, it never appeared on any Bond film that Mr. Craig has been in.
So he owed it to himself to own one after driving several examples in his Bond movies. Because, as we all know, everybody is bound to love an Aston Martin. The sheer beauty, the dynamics, even the noise it makes is very intoxicating. It is never really about what its cars can do, it is how they make you feel. And sad must be Daniel Craig as his midnight-blue Centenary Edition Vanquish is up for auction.
Like all Aston Martins. Daniel Craig’s version is made bespoke with the help of Marek Reichman, Aston Creative Chief Officer. Craig’s car is left handed but still road-legal. It has a deep blue leather interior. It is estimated to fetch between USD 400,000 to $600,000 – enough to buy both a Lamborghini Huracan and a Ferrari 488 GTB. It has a right to demand those prices since only 100 Centenary Editions were made. And only one numbered ‘007’. The car has a top speed of 183 mph if the new owner will be brave enough to explore it. Also, the new owner will also receive an invitation to Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ – to persuade him to buy another Aston since he’s got enough coin to buy one for the price of two-and-a-half Aston Martins.
All the proceeds of the sale will go to The Opportunity Network, a charity that aids the career development of youth. Daniel Craig’s parting words to his beloved car went, “This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive,” adding, “While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.”
We wish we had $600,000. But while we a want to help those in need, we our in need ourselves so we’ll just buy a “regular” Vanquish S which is faster and cheaper and have enough left to buy a a decent house and fuel for the thirsty V-12.