There's a Chance for You to Own This Rare Aston Martin DBS James Bond Edition Car


When Salecdo Auctions reached out to Esquire Philippines to take a look and do a test drive review of their latest collectible car up for auction, it was too good for this writer to pass up. It turns out the owner is an investment banker and car aficionado friend of mine who was more than glad to have the auction house’s team hand the key to us for the afternoon. 

The first thing I asked the owner was why was he selling the car? Turns out he has plans to move to the U.S. and said, “It’s now time to hand the stewardship to another home.”


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Upon seeing the car, we totally “bonded” with this 1 of 84 cars Aston Martin made in the 2+2 configuration DBS Casino Royale James Bond Edition. The car is only one of 368 named after the famous Bond movie starring Daniel Craig and also the first of two films the car made an appearance in. I got to see the actual DBS car used in the movie when I was in Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum.

Photo by Aston Martin.

The auction, dubbed “Under the Tree: The Wish List,” will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, at Salcedo Auctions located at the NEX Tower Podium Level, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. This car makes auction history in the country as the first and so far only James Bond edition car ever to be auctioned locally. The auction couldn’t be more timely as the James Bond movie franchise celebrates its 60th anniversary.  Esquire Philippines collaborated with Salcedo Auctions to produce a video about the car that highlights some of the key features of the car. Watch it here:

Aston Martin has arguably made the best automotive product placement in movie history, starting with the famous DB5 used by Sean Connery for the first time in “Goldfinger” in 1964 and has since made several appearances on Daniel Craig’s Bond movies.

The Aston Martin DBS V12 first appeared in the 2006 adaptation of Casino Royale. The DBS’ designer Marek Reichman said that the Aston Martin DBS is “a tough guy, but in a dinner suit.”  

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Photo by Alvin Uy.

Powered by a naturally aspirated six-liter V12, all-alloy engine that has quad overhead camshaft with 48 valves, it is rated at 510 BHP and has a maximum torque of 420 lb/ft., enabling the car to reach a top speed of 191 mph and accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hours in just 4.3 seconds. 

As you can expect, the DBS model is rare, with only 2,000 units made with V12 engines and a only a total of 3,000 units in all. The car up for auction has clocked about 13,000 miles and is in excellent condition. It car comes with a valet key fob as well as the driver keys made with Swarovski crystal. Aston Martin calls the key an “Emotion Control Unit (ECU)” and for good reason. Just insert the key into the key slot and the V12 roars to life, with a beautiful exhaust note. 

Photo by Alvin Uy.

For more details and specifications about the car, visit Salcedo Auctions or call 0917-1075581 and 0917-8257449


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