$124,000 Kid-Sized James Bond Car Arrives Ahead
For all those children who dream of being James Bond, the ideal car has arrived just in time for the long-awaited release of "No Time to Die," the latest film starring agent 007, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Photo Insert: The two-thirds-scale replica of the classic Bond car as a fully electric Aston Martin DB5 Junior
The toy car makers at The Little Car Co. have painstakingly created a two-thirds-scale replica of the classic Bond car as a fully electric Aston Martin DB5 Junior, packed with some of Q's best gadgets. Equipment includes simulated Gattling guns in the headlights, a working smokescreen, and license plates that flip.
The real DB5 first appeared in the 1964 film "Goldfinger" and is one of the most famous movie cars ever. The machine gun headlights, perhaps the best-known feature in Bond car history, made their debut with Sean Connery at the wheel, but trailers are teasing that the same guns will return in "No Time to Die" starring Daniel Craig as 007 one last time.
The original Aston Martin DB5 was 3D-scanned for reference, to ensure the proportions are perfect, said the maker which specializes in making exclusive shrunken cars, including a three-quarter scale Ferrari.
Naturally, the miniaturized replica is finished in authentic silver with chromed wire wheels. The wooden steering wheel has a quick-release mechanism for speedy entry and there are Brembo discs with regenerative braking and Bilstein dampers on board.
Unlike the full-size car, the miniature is a roadster that allows an adult to squeeze behind the wheel, although kids and teens will have the most fun driving it. That is provided their parents can pick up the tab.
The replica "toy car" is priced at 90,000 pounds ($124,000.) Performance is spirited, with a top speed of 70 km/h and a range of nearly 130 km between recharges, but owners will need a private road since the replica edition is not street legal.