Last year, while bored in class, I got to the task of finding out what Bond cars cost what, and put it together in one neat little article for you all to enjoy. Now, a year has gone by, and I feel as though it’s time to revisit that list and see how the market has changed, if at all, and see if maybe the least and most valuable have changed. This time around I’ll also be listing a few new entries of lesser known vehicles that were featured in the film, for those who just want to have a replica of a car that was used in the film, but not spend a ridiculous amount of money.
So, pour yourself a Vesper, bake a quiche, and settle down with a fine Cuban cigar, it’s time to dive in and rank each Bond car, based on their current market value.
(Disclaimer, this list is based on the cheapest and most expensive found around the world in stock, running condition with little to no modification. Mileage may vary.)
Beginning our list, we find ourselves looking at Pierce Brosnan’s first sponsored car from his tenure as Bond, the Z3 by BMW. Originally, the lowest priced car on the list was the Renault 11 featured in A View to a Kill, but it seems that there are little to no listings for one at the moment, so I’ve decided to omit it for this time around. Prices have not changed much for this little German roadster, with the lowest one in the USA currently priced at just under $4000, and the highest being somewhere around $5000. I’d wager that’s a great deal for a car that’s actually given to Bond by Q, which you might find is very rare on this list.
A newcomer to the list and the only motorcycle featured, the R1200c was used by Bond and Wai Lin to escape deadly goons in Saigon. Another strong bit of BMW product placement, the R1200c is apparently a rather nice touring bike which is decently thrashed in the movie. You can find one around six to ten thousand, depending on year and condition.
The first car on the list not driven by Bond, the 159 was used by goons who chased after Bond in the opening scene of Quantum of Solace. Alfa Romeo was apparently pretty thrilled by their usage in the film, that they even introduced a Bond edition of the 159, which came with a stick shift and all of the options available, for pure Oppo spec. Unfortunately, Americans are left out from the market for 159s in this case, but for those wondering, they’re currently going for anywhere from $4000 to $13000 in the UK depending on spec. I was unable to find any Bond editions, but I imagine they wouldn’t be much more.
For The Man with the Golden Gun, Roger Moore’s Bond forgo’d the usual exotic European sports car and went with a purebred American muscle coupe in the AMC Hornet. These suckers are pretty cheap, as they were a mostly unloved runt from the end of the muscle era in America, and so they round out between $3000 and $14000 depending on which model you buy, which is just around the same price as they were last year, just a little more expensive in the top end. Maybe the market is coming around to these later AMCs?
This is definitely an odd one out in the case of this list, but it counts, as it’s technically the only vehicle driven by Bond in the entirety of From Russia With Love. This old workhorse is used by Bond to escape pestering SPECTRE agents and goes through some pretty rough stuff in the meantime. These old trucks are available in a wide range of body styles and a wide range of conditions, so it’s your choice.
Bond uses this Range Rover Sport to stay a little incognito in Bolivia in QoS, before trading it for a Douglas DC-3 later on in the film. Range Rovers are really a dime a dozen, especially in Bond films, but the reason I counted this one is because it’s the only one Bond actually drives. Because of obvious reasons, resale on these Rangies is fairly low, going between $10,000 and $20,000, but it will provide you with some stylish wheels...if you can keep it running.
Another product of BMW advertising, this 7 Series was the main ride for Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies. On last year’s list, the car rounded out the list as the third-to-last example, with the most expensive cars being around $10k. However, this time around, I managed to find a few extremely low mileage examples that range up closer to the $20k mark. The truth is, it’ll be a while before these old BMWs really rise in price, but if you pony up the cash, you can find a real mint example.
Yet another odd addition, this big Lincoln was used by Bond as a rental whilst in Florida in Licence to Kill. Things seem to be looking up a little for the Mark VIIs, as lesser and lesser are being found on roads leading to the price becoming a little higher in the end, meaning that the low end goes from $5k to $6k, and the top end going from $10k to nearly $20k for a good condition loaded LSC as seen here, which bumps it up a few spots in the list.
I was chastised quite a bit for my forgetting of the 2CV in last year’s list, so I decided to make double sure that I remembered it this time around. Owned by Bond girl Melina, this 2CV gave up a formidable battle against a few goons in For Your Eyes Only with it seemingly invincible attitude. The market seems to be pretty decent for well-kept 2CVs due to their cult car status, so expect to pay upwards of $12 grand for a real good condition. Just make sure you take the low road...not that low.
Although not technically a Bond car, this Mercedes makes way for one of the most famous scenes in all of Octopussy, where Bond uses its shot out tires to drive on the railway to catch up to a nuke-laden train car. These old S-Classes are quite common no matter what engine or trim you get, but 280S models in particular can range you in the $10 to $20 grand area depending on condition. This is honestly one of my favorites on the list, because you really cannot go wrong with an old Benz, just don’t try to cross the Soviet border unwarranted in one.
Just like some of the others on this list, this positively brown personal luxury coupe seems to have soared in the pricing compared to last year, with its $10,000 high end boosting for a more respectable $25,000 for a good, low mileage example.
I recently did an entire article about the XK, so you’ll understand why this is one of my favorite cars to be featured in the franchise, even if it wasn’t driven by Bond. This sexy little green number is still relatively cheap considering what it is, but while the low end is mostly the same as last year, I managed to find some more exquisite examples for nearly $30,000 in some areas, double what the most expensive one I could find was last year.
In case you hadn’t noticed the developing pattern, Die Another Day as a whole was mostly sponsored by Ford when it came to the cars. This Thunderbird was not used by Bond, but rather Bond girl Jinx, in a short scene where she arrives at a party. The only reason I included this car is because, like the Alfa 159, Ford introduced a special 007 Edition of this Thunderbird. I did manage to find one, as well, which was somewhere around the $17,000 area, however the most mint low-mileage example was nearer to $30,000.
The Silver Shadow was the go to limousine for Bond films of the late 70s and early 80s, with appearances in Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Licence to Kill, and even all the way up to The World is not Enough in 1999. The reason I chose the Licence to Kill variant is that rather than being borrowed by Bond by a friend or enemy, Bond actually seems to rent out this car and its driver for a significant amount of time in the film while posing as a wealthy assassin. If you’re looking for a cheap means of luxurious, British travel, these old Silver Shadows are probably you’re best bet, as they range anywhere from $20-30,000 depending on condition and age, but prices will probably go up soon, I’d imagine.
The Sunbeam is the first car provided for Bond by MI6, and for that, it earns a special place in mine and many other Bond fans’ hearts. The prices also seem to have widely changed for the little roadster, as it ranges now up to $35,000, rather than the $15,000 peak I found last year. However, later model examples that need a little TLC can be found as few as $5,000 if you’re interested in getting your hands dirty.
With this new list, I really wanted to grab at least one car from each film, which gets difficult when its a film where Bond drives no cars at all (outside of a bus). So, I decided to go with the most infamous form of transportation from Live and Let Die, the fabulous pimpmobiles used by the villains. This bodacious and brown machine takes the form of a highly customized 1971 Fleetwood, and while you won’t find one quite so vulgar sitting around, you might be able to get one without the mods for anywhere from $8,000 to nearly $40,000.
Another favorite of mine (for obvious reasons) this GTV6 was stolen by Bond and frantically used to get to a German army base to defuse a nuke. Prices are much of the same in the mid-tens for a clean example, but I also found some more expensive examples featuring lower miles and different, sportier Alfa trim pieces, so prices will vary depending on what you’re looking for.
The Esprit is one of the most famous cars in Bond history, with its ability to turn into a submersible quite quickly at the push of a button. Which is why the fact that the market has largely stagnated is so odd, considering it’s the original Esprit. But, you can find one for anywhere from the price of a fully loaded Nissan Sentra to a mid-range Fusion, with no problem.
This trusty truck was used by Bond and Moneypenny in the opening scene of Skyfall. While it’s not the most famous vehicle from the film, it does get some decent use, and it’s also a Defender, hence its placement on this list. I had no idea these things can get so expensive, though, but late models up to the Defender’s end of production apparently go for up to $50,000 in the UK. But, like the 159, you can’t have one. Unfortunate.
Yes, keen eyed readers may notice that it seems as if the two Esprits have done a complete switcharoo in the listing, as the Turbo is now higher than the S1 overall. It seems that aficionados are more interested in these turbocharged models vs. the originals, so that might be why it’s gathered $10k on the price from last year.
This beautiful piece of British steel was shortly used in Diamonds Are Forever, where Bond poses as a diamond smuggler known as Franks. I believe the Staaaaaaaaaaag is one of Britain’s best kept secrets from the Leyland era, but it’s not without its issues. Nevertheless, they seem to be pretty decently priced considering the time they come from, with the most perfect examples fetching above $60k.
This seems to be the area where we finally get into the big bucks, the meat and potatoes of this list. This gorgeous Rosso Corsa 355 belongs to Xenia Onatopp, the femme fetale of Goldeneye, who uses it to challenge Bond to a race in the mountains around Monte Carlo. Ferraris constantly have a bubble of being relatively expensive, but the 355 is definitely on the rise due to its love as the last real analog Ferrari. You may, of course, get lucky to find a cheap one like Hoovie did, but don’t keep your hopes up.
Yet another Femme Fetale car makes up our list, with this 1965 Mustang convertible driven by Fiona Volpe in Thunderball. Mustang prices are really strange for this generation, as you can find anything from a rough, but running V6 for under ten easily, but you can also find a pristine, numbers matching 289 fastback for nearly $100k. It all really depends on what trim and model you want.
This famous Mustang is similar to the one before it, except Bond actually uses it in a chase through Las Vegas, which culminates in that famous scene shown above. It’s also similar to the one before it in the market, with cheaper models like the Grande near $10k, and more expensive Boss models near $100k, which are much higher overall prices compared to 2017's numbers.
In 2002, the Vanquish was heralded and cheered by fans everywhere as the first new Aston Martin to be shown off in the series since 1987. The car was, of course, gadget laden and used by Bond in a daring ice chase against the aforementioned XKR. Goofy gadgets aside, these gorgeous Astons are a little stale in the market at the moment, with prices anywhere from $60k for a basic early model to above $100k for a later Vanquish S model, roughly the same as what we found last year.
Yes, this is the first car that Bond ever drove in the entire series, the queen of the winga dinga crowd everywhere. Because of that crowd, the prices for these things have skyrocketed well into the $100k area for a pristine, numbers matching 1957 model. They’re gorgeous cars, but not my style, but I’m sure someone will love to get their hands on one in Dr. No black.
The one Aston Martin that’s rarely remembered, Bond uses this car throughout most of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service while wooing his future wife, Tracy. The DBS, in itself, is hardly remembered by history, too, but due to its age and its badge, prices are fairly respectable, and mostly similar to last year’s numbers at above 100 grand.
Similar to its predecessor, the 2006 DBS get very little use in Casino Royale, and has largely stayed untouched in terms of its pricing on the market, especially now that it’s out of production. Still though, it’s one of the finer looking Astons in history, so, if you’ve got the money, definitely give it a shot.
Driven by the aforementioned Tracy Bond throughout On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the venerable Cougar gets more screen time than Bond’s own Aston Martin, and much more action scenes. With a market similar to the Mustang’s where prices vary based on trim and style, the Cougar shoots up well into exotic car prices with the Eliminator and XR-7 models, bringing prices up to nearly $200,000 depending on rarity.
Ahh, the ill-fated Z8, one of Bond’s finest cars, which suffered a rather disastrous end. The prices on these are as high as ever and will never be coming down, due to the low production numbers, and this very clever bit of promotion from this movie. I’d love to have one of these, but I doubt I’ll ever be that rich...or that trustworthy.
The opulent choice of Bond while undercover as a perspective horse buyer, this car makes the list as the choice for A View to a Kill, unless you want me to list the Ford LTD rental that Bond drives around. The car used for the movie is penned as a Rolls-Royce, but is actually a Bentley S1 that was owned by producer Cubby Broccoli. Like most of the muscle cars on this list, Bentley prices can really differ depending on build and who did the coachwork due to the varied amount of bespoke customization offered on these old cars.
This car is actually two cars which came together to form one car in the film. Confused? I’ll try to break it down. Earlier in the film, Bond uses a Volante model with no roof, but later, it transforms into a fixed roof Vantage model, after Q “winterizes” it. This is one of my personal favorite Astons that Bond ever used, as I love the color and the pure 80s-ness of it. But, as I said last year, prices on these 80s Vantages are outrageous, and it’s no different today.
This old Roller is the apt choice of car for big baddie Goldfinger, and we later find that its also loaded with gold int he body panels. This gorgeous behemoth of old British luxury has a market that also depends highly on specification and builder, as running examples can be found anywhere from under $100k to nearly $700k depending on various factors.
Unsurprisingly, this gorgeous little Japanese coupe is still one of the more expensive cars in this list, as one recently went to auction well above $1,000,000, breaking the record for the most expensive Japanese car ever sold. Even though Bond never drove this 2000GT, it goes down in history as the only 2000GT not to have a fixed roof, due to Sean Connery’s overall height.
If you’re some trillionaire reading this list and keeping tabs on what Bond cars to add to your collection, I’m afraid to say you can’t have this one unless you’re really lucky. This prototype is only one of ten in the world, specially made for Bond’s usage in Spectre, in which he conveniently parks one at the bottom of the Tiber river. The last one to be sold went for $3.5 million dollars, and I doubt one will be on the market any time soon. Sorry.
1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre ($450,000-$4,600,000)
Alright, yes, this is the one. This is the one that you all were looking forward too. Bond’s trusty old DB5 is at the moment, the most expensive car on this list. Its use in so many Bond films spanning from the old to the new timeline has left it an everlasting image of the Bond franchise as a whole, and its usage has patterned the use of Astons in the films to this day. The most recent example of a film car from Goldeneye managed to fetch well over a million pounds at auction, and the actual Goldfinger car got the gavel at $4.6 million a few years back. You can, however, settle for a non-film car for a little less, but you really do only want the best, right?