The cost of Driving like James Bond in San Diego
We all love the finer things in life and luxury cars often top that list. Being ferried in a chauffeur driven luxury sedan to a special occasion or business meetingis a sign of status and success. In recent years, this has become the standard in corporate transportation. If you have clients or partners flying in to San Diego, you should chauffeur them from the airport to the hotel or to famous venues and city attractions by an exclusive airport back car service like Stay Classy.
The only form of transportation that beats hiring a black car service is driving your esteemed guests in an Aston MartinVanquish, Ferrari F355 GTS, Ford Mustang Mach 1 or any other flashyJames Bond car. 007 cars give the impression of being too expensive to be only owned by a few though dreamt of by many.
Here is a list of 5 bond cars that you can afford to buy and drive around the streets of San Diego.
Aston Martin DB5
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 first appeared in the 1964 Bond film “Goldfinger” played by Sean Connery. It has since appeared in 6 other Bond films “GoldenEye”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “Casino Royale”, “Skyfall” and in the latest Bond film “Spectre” in 2015.
Unlike the DB10, DB5s are available for purchase. 1,059 units were produced between 1963 and 1965. The original movie car used in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”, complete with gadgets, was sold on auction for 4.6 million in 2010. A used one that was not featured on screen will only set you back $450,000.
2002 Aston Martin Vanquish
Designed by Ian Callum and produced from June 2001 to September 2004, the V12 Vanquish featured in the 2002 Bond film “Die Another Day”. It runs on a V12, 5,935 cc engine. 1,492 units were produced and a new unit without the fancy Bond gadgets sold for $230,000. A used one can be had today for about $85,000.
James Bond drove a Lotus EspiritS1 in the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me” and a Lotus Espirit Turbo in the 1981 film “For Your Eyes Only” both starring Roger Moore. 10,675 units of the Lotus Espirit were built between 1976 and 2004 from the S1 to the Turbo. You can get one of these limited sports cars for $11,800 only.
A 1995 BMW Z3 was one of Bond’s first non-British cars. It appeared in the 1995 Bond movie “GoldenEye” which marked Pierce Brosnan’s debut as James Bond. The roadster was produced between 1995 and 2002. You can now purchase it at $5,400.
Produced by BMW from 1999 to 2003, the BMW Z8 features in the 1999 Bond movie “The World is not Enough”. Aside from Q’s refinements, the roadster features an all-aluminum body and chassis and runs on a 4.9 L, 32-valve V8 engine. Its performance specs are 0 to 62 mph at 4.7 seconds. BMW produced about 57000 Z8s and about half were exported to the US. The price for a brand new BMW Z8 was around $130,000. A used one is much cheaper.
Whether it is being ferried in a chauffeur driven black sedan or driving your own classic luxury car, driving like James Bond is possible.