Bond cars and all cool things from 007 movies now available at a very affordable price
Bond movies are loved by one and all. The characteristic personalities, behaviors and cars particular to this Hollywood character have enthralled fans all over the…
Bond movies are loved by one and all. The characteristic personalities, behaviors and cars particular to this Hollywood character have enthralled fans all over the world. There are many fans that would love to add a Bond car to their collection but are unable to do so, cause not everyone has a no limit credit from the Bank of England. However, if you are really interested, UK based Hagerty International, an insurance institution has made a list of Bond cars, one can opt for without paying a hefty price.
This list of cars include those like the Aston Martin Vanquish, Ford Mustang Mach 1, Sunbeam Alpine Series 2, AMC hornet, Alpha Romeo GTV6, Lotus Esprit S1, BMW Z3, BMW 750 IL, Mercury Cougar XR7 and the Lotus Esprit Turbo. The price range of these cars ranges from ÂŁ1,200 to ÂŁ65,000.Â This option is quite good who find that their pockets are not deep enough to purchase an expensive Aston Martin DB5. One can look up for important details pertaining to these cars on the Hagerty International site.
â€śEvery red-blooded car guy wants to be James Bond and drive an Aston Martin,â€ť says Angus Forsyth, Managing Director of Hagerty International. Â â€śHowever, if a six-figure DB5 does not fit into your budget weâ€™ve selected collectible and authentic Bond cars that offer the same level of class and sophistication.â€ť
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BOND CARS ON A BUDGET
Hagerty, the UKâ€™s Classic Car Insurance Specialist, has Developed a List of the Coolest Attainable Vehicles from the James Bond Franchise
Towcester, Northants (October 25, 2012)â€“ James Bond. Devastatingly handsome, well mannered and well dressed, with an exquisite taste in beautiful women, fine liquors and fast cars. Those are all characteristics that you share with the famous 007, correct? One thing Bond has that you may not, however, is deep pockets.
So if an Aston Martin DB5 doesnâ€™t exactly meet with your bank managerâ€™s approval, youâ€™ll need to go with Plan B, and Hagerty International is ready to help. The UKâ€™s classic car insurance specialist has compiled a list of alternative Bond cars without the hefty price tag.
â€śEvery red-blooded car guy wants to be James Bond and drive an Aston Martin,â€ť says Angus Forsyth, Managing Director of Hagerty International. â€śHowever, if a six-figure DB5 does not fit into your budget weâ€™ve selected collectible and authentic Bond cars that offer the same level of class and sophistication.â€ť
With â€śSkyfallâ€ť, the newest Bond film, set to open in UK cinemas on Friday, Hagerty created Bond Cars on a Budget, a list of the coolest attainable vehicles from the James Bond franchise. Vehicle values are from the Hagerty Price Guide, based on cars in #3 condition (www.hagerty.com/valuationtools).
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 â€“ â€śDiamonds are Foreverâ€ť (ÂŁ16,300)
The â€™71-73 Mustang was arguably the most controversial of the first-generation Mustangs. Still great looking but quite a bit larger than its predecessors, as was Sean Connery in 1971â€™s â€śDiamonds Are Forever.â€ť You could argue that both Connery and the Mustang had put on a bit of a middle age spread.
1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series II â€“ â€śDr. Noâ€ť (ÂŁ9,700 )
The Sunbeam Alpine was said to be the only sports car available to the producers of â€śDr. Noâ€ť when they were shooting in Jamaica. A little softer and more luxurious than a Triumph or an MG of the day, the Alpine was stylish and well-built.
1974 AMC Hornet â€“ â€śThe Man with the Golden Gunâ€ť (ÂŁ1,200)
AMC stepped up in a big way when â€śThe Man with the Golden Gunâ€ť was in production with some very prominent product placement. In the famous scene, Commander Bond commandeers a new Hornet from an AMC showroom in Hong Kong. Mayhem ensues. Not many AMCs of the era survived in part because Chrysler disposed of large numbers of spare parts after buying AMC.
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6 â€“ â€śOctopussyâ€ť (ÂŁ4,400 )
Alfa Romeos are great driverâ€™s cars and the great stunt driver Remy Julienne put the new six-cylinder GT to good use in a chase scene in the movie â€śOctopussyâ€ť after Bond swipes the car and heads off the detonation of a nuclear bomb. GTV6s are among the greatest collector car bargains available now. A starter Ferrari for under five grand.
1977 Lotus Esprit S1 â€“ â€śThe Spy Who Loved Meâ€ť (ÂŁ9,200)
After the famous Aston Martin DB5, the white Lotus Esprit is probably the sexiest and most recognized Bond car. In the movies, the Lotus was capable of transforming into a submarine and offing the helicopter henchwoman of the villain with missiles that shot out of the trunk. In real life, a bad Esprit is capable of doing villainous things to your bank account. Pay up for a good one. Theyâ€™re surprisingly reasonable.
1996 BMW Z3 â€“ â€śGoldenEyeâ€ť (ÂŁ4,250)
The little Z3 roadster was BMWâ€™s entry into the convertible sports car world. They did it with a bang from a marketing standpoint and this little bit of product placement into Pierce Brosnanâ€™s debut as 007. Sales of the Z3 spiked, and even today, Z3s in the James Bond colors of blue and tan bring a little bit more on the used car market.
1997 BMW 750 IL â€“ â€śTomorrow Never Diesâ€ť (ÂŁ3,950)
BMW owned product placement in the Bond franchise during the early Brosnan era (strange to see a British spy driving a German car, but money talks). The Seven Series was and is the ultimate BMW executive sedan. This version was the last of the pretty ones before controversial stylist Chris Bangle remade the BMW line in his bizarre image.
1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 â€“ â€śOn Her Majestyâ€™s Secret Serviceâ€ť (ÂŁ14,700)
The red Cougar (which appeared to be a 428 Cobra Jet XR7) wasnâ€™t actually driven by Bond, but by his future wife, the exciting but unstable Tracy Di Vincenza, played by Diana Rigg. Even though Bond didnâ€™t actually drive it, the car garnered the most screen time of any car in the movie (far more than Bondâ€™s Aston Martin DBS), and Tracy drove it with the skill and verve of Bond himself.
1980 Lotus Esprit Turbo â€“ â€śFor Your Eyes Onlyâ€ť (ÂŁ11,500)
Q, Bond, Lotus and Lotusâ€™ customers all thought that the basic Esprit was in need of more power and thatâ€™s precisely what the Esprit got in the form of an exhaust driven turbocharger. It catapulted the car from a junior supercar to a real heavyweight capable of taking on the best from Italy without resorting to eight or 12 cylinders. Bondâ€™s car was fitted with a rather extreme anti-theft/anti-tamper device. The car exploded when the villainâ€™s henchman tried to break in.
2002 Aston Martin Vanquish â€“ â€śDie Another Dayâ€ť (ÂŁ65,000)
The DB7 was a very nice car with a price tag that was competitive with the top of the line Mercedes SL of the day. The Vanquish was Aston Martinâ€™s return to true supercar status, so it was a natural that when Bond returned to Aston Martin after several movies in the woods with BMW the Vanquish would be his ride. While anything but cheap, through the miracle of depreciation, a car that once pushed 200 grand can now be had for about ÂŁ65,000. Not bad for a true James Bond Aston Martin.
For more information, please contact Hagerty at +44 (0)844 824 1130 or visit us online at ww.hagertyinsurance.co.uk.