How much is the James Bond car?

How much is the James Bond car? James Bond drove a variety of luxury cars with lots of additions. The most recent Bond car was an Aston Martin DBS V12, and the base cost is $275,000.

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UPDATED: May 29, 2020

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Here's what you need to know...

  • James Bond drove performance luxury cars with lots of additions
  • You could insure his vehicles if you removed the missile launchers and machine guns
  • If you wanted to insure one a car like one James Bond drove, you’d have to have a lot of money


There’s one fact about James Bond that is absolutely indisputable: he always has the most awesome cars in existence. Ranging from Audis and Aston Martins to Mercedes, Bond has a taste for performance and luxury.

With so many cool cars in the James Bond car collection it’s hard to choose a favorite (well, OK… if you press me I guess I love the Aston Martin DB5 … wait… maybe the V12 Vanquish… I mean the DBS… oh yeah, I can choose other cars besides Aston Martins? OK, the Audi A6. Final answer. Wait…)

And, of course, “aftermarket add-ons” of an unusual sort make these cars even more appealing. But how much would it cost to actually build and get car insurance for the Bond car of your dreams? Let’s find out…

Check out how to build a 007 car below and decide whether you have a sexy ride or just an old clunker. Use the FREE tool above by entering your ZIP to save money on car insurance!

The Car Itself

 

What kind of car does James Bond drive? There’s a long list of cars for us to pick from. Bond has used pretty much every luxury vehicle on the face of the earth, up to and including surplus Russian tanks.

Anything he didn’t drive, his enemies did (or he completely destroyed). Realistically speaking, the man is an absolute nightmare when it comes to cars.

For the sake of simplicity, we’re going to go with the most recent Bond car—the Aston Martin DBS V12. Although there are plenty of options, we’re just going to go with the base model, since you’ll need all the room you can get for all the gadgets we’re going to load into it. How much is the James Bond Aston Martin worth?

Base Cost: $275,000

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Bulletproofing

 

While there are no specific armor specifications for the DBS, there are plenty of armor shops out there, and we called CustomArmoring.com for a quote.

Their estimate includes:

  • Complete bulletproofing of the body
  • Changing the windows to a polycarbonate bulletproof material
  • Extras like operable windows (because there’s always that moment when you’ll have to lean dramatically out of a car window while driving and fire your revolver at the enemy)

These additions would run at least $160,000. Which, generously, includes a hidden storage compartment for handguns and a second gas tank, since the armor will reduce the Aston Martin’s mileage to single digits.

Cost: $160,000

Total Cost So Far: $435,000

Machine Guns

Sadly, the classic placement of Bond machine guns—behind the headlights—is technically impossible and always was. The problem is less the guns themselves and more the ammunition.

Machine guns require at least a thousand rounds to be effective weapons, and that much ammunition is extremely heavy.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a machine gun; you’ll just have to fire from the roof, and limit how much ammunition you bring along!

For example, the President has a Chevy Suburban in his entourage that’s essentially a rolling weapons platform for the Dillon Aero machine gun (and before you ask: no, you can’t have one).

The Suburban is redesigned to carry as much ammo as possible, but installing a hatch and a small machine gun in the car is actually a fairly simple matter that can be done by any weapons expert.

On the other hand, it’s worth noting that you obviously need a special weapons permit to even own a machine gun in the first place, let alone keep one in a car.

Cost (with Permits): $5,000

Total Cost So Far: $440,000

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Flamethrowers

These are the classic Bond weapons; flamethrowers are good not just for defending yourself, but also scaring the heck out of anybody trying to get on your tail.

However, actual flamethrowers are extremely rare in the first place, and car-mounted ones are practically unheard of, unless, it turns out, you live in South Africa. Then they’re practically standard equipment.

No, you cannot, in fact, wreathe your enemies in a wall of flame. Technically, these aftermarket flamethrowers are designed to deter carjackers. They are supposed to scare people and put on a flashy show, not actually torch anything.

The jets, however, can get hot enough to ignite or melt tires if a driver gets too close, or can be fired out of the sides to discourage anybody shooting from the windows.

Even better—they’re not only faithful, they’re dirt cheap. Well, relatively speaking.

Cost: $655

Total Cost So Far: $440,655

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Smoke Screen

 

You’d think this requires a highly professional installation—and you’d be wrong. There are kits for installing smoke screens available on the Internet that will easily fire a massive billow of choking mess right out the back of your exhaust pipe.

And they’re cheap, too!

Cost: $200

Total So Far: $440,855

Unfortunately, not all gadgets will be possible to get aftermarket and installed professionally…

Missile Launchers

Forget it; what will do you in is a combination of physics and legal restrictions.

Physics come into play in regards to the force the missile launches with. There’s a reason missiles have their own specially-designed vehicles and launching systems.

Legally speaking and oddly enough, the police frown on people carrying high explosives backed by a rocket engine out in public. Go figure.

Oil Slicks and Tire Spikes

Oil slicks and tire spikes are actually fairly simple and cheap to install. But that doesn’t mean we were able to get a price.

Certain items are limited by law because in the hands of, well, anybody who isn’t a highly-trained secret agent, they’re incredibly dangerous.

They’re reserved for the cars of dignitaries of state—no, not even the super-rich can install these.

It is, however, fairly easy to build one yourself: there are plans online. Just be aware that these devices are actually so dangerous—for both the driver and the target—that we’re legally liable if we even link to them.

Don’t use this stuff!

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But is it Actually Insurable?

Can you buy car insurance for our ultimate James Bond car? Not with the machine gun installed; it’s too much of a risk for going off inside the car, or the ammunition damaging the car. But, believe it or not, leave out the machine gun, and it is insurable.

Expensive, but insurable.

Most of the additions are aftermarket and don’t materially damage the car or put it at substantial risk. In fact, most of the additions, especially the bulletproofing, reduce the risk of your car being stolen, thus lowering your premium.

That said, you’re still driving a car worth nearly half a million dollars. It’s still going to set you back $12,000, at least, per year in car insurance payments.

And that’s before the gas mileage comes into play. As we’ve noted elsewhere, the Aston Martin has terrible fuel efficiency, something not helped by all that heavy armor.

It turns out that you really do need the bottomless pockets of the government to drive a Bond car. And that’s just for the gas!

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