Automobilia mod­els

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This month, we’re look­ing at a few very cool mod­els that cel­e­brate the long re­la­tion­ship be­tween a se­cret agent named Bond and a lit­tle man­u­fac­turer called ‘As­ton Martin’. Although the DB5 wasn’t Bond’s first car (Sun­beam Alpine Se­ries II, any­one?), it was the first As­ton to ap­pear in the fran­chise. The car used in the film was the orig­i­nal pro­to­type of the DB5, and, once the movie was re­leased, per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, sales of the car went through the roof (get it?).

Over the years, it’s been easy enough to fol­low which man­u­fac­turer has been will­ing to pitch in the big bucks to get their car fea­tured on screen and have the world’s most fa­mous se­cret agent (isn’t that a bit like be­ing the skin­ni­est sumo wrestler?) be­hind the wheel — from the Wet Nel­lie Lo­tus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me to the dread­ful BMW Z3 in Gold­en­eye. We’re glad that As­ton Martin has been able to en­sure Bond stays firmly be­hind the wheel of a DB.

As­ton Martin DB5/DB10

This pair of 1:36 scale mod­els in­cludes the As­ton Martin DB5 and the As­ton Martin DB10, which both ap­peared in the Bond film Spec­tre.

In Spec­tre, a cryptic mes­sage from the past sends Bond on a rogue mis­sion, in which his new As­ton Martin DB10 is in­volved in a high-speed chase with a Jaguar C-X75 through the Rome’s city streets and along the banks of the Tiber. As Bond ven­tures to­wards the heart of the sin­is­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion known as Spec­tre, he learns of a chill­ing con­nec­tion be­tween him­self and his en­emy. In the film, the DB5 has un­der­gone com­plete restora­tion, cour­tesy of Q Branch.

The DB10 is a con­cept car, re­leased by the pro­ducer and direc­tor of the Spec­tre Bond film, in Los An­ge­les in late 2014. The DB10 was de­signed and built specif­i­cally for use in the film, with just 10 ex­am­ples made. Eight of th­ese were used in film­ing, while a fur­ther two were used in pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for the film. Those two cars were sold at auc­tion ear­lier this year for US$2.4M. Of

Give­away: As­ton Martin DB5

This is­sue, we’re giving away the best-sell­ing Corgi model of all time, the DB5, with work­ing lights and ejec­tor seat plus a few other good­ies. Sev­eral spe­cial edi­tions of this model were re­cently un­cov­ered in their orig­i­nal pack­ing in the UK, and went on to fetch in ex­cess of US$15K at auc­tion — each. Some­thing to be said for keep­ing your toys in their orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing! In a full retro box that cre­ates some action when you open it, this model is most cer­tainly a col­lec­tor’s item.

Fiat com­po­nents (5) 6. Crank han­dles to do this with your car en­gine in the early days — Cadil­lac stan­dard­ized electrics to do the job in 1912 (5) 7. Lo­tus 2+2 GT coupé made from 1975 into the ’80s in two main se­ries, types 76 and 84, then mor­ph­ing into the Ex­cel (5) 12. Model name shared by Muntz and Hud­son in the 1953–’54 US model years (3) 13. In your clas­sic, you may find both crank--- and king--- (3) 14. Chrysler’s long-time lower-price higher-vol­ume mar­que name, set up in 1928 and ended in 2001 (8) 15. Low-production front-wheel-drive model pro­duced in small num­bers by Hotchkiss, 1950–’54 (8) 19. Ford of Bri­tain’s es­tate-car ver­sion of the 100E Anglia, built 1955–’61 (6) 20. AC’S hand­some two-seater coupé ver­sion of the AC Ace sports car: 328 were built from 1954 to ’63 (5) 21. Bri­tish elec­tri­cal com­po­nen­try man­u­fac­turer, noted for its slo­gan ‘King of the Road’, while, in the US, a more dis­parag­ing ver­sion, ‘Prince of Dark­ness’, was in pop­u­lar use (5) 22. Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer Graf und ----- pro­duced a va­ri­ety of own-de­sign qual­ity cars and as­sem­bled Graf-cit­roëns and Graf­fords un­til Ger­many over­ran Aus­tria in 1938 (5)

An­swers to last month’s crossword, No. 290 Across 1. Crown 11. Es­sex 23. An­jou 27. in­let Down 2. road­ster Wolse­ley 6. Ma­jor 7. steer STP 15. Mono­pole equipe 22. Spray

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