- January 31, 2014
- Posted by: harrington
- Category: News
Source: Daily mail
Boy racers take on a whole new meaning with a new version of 007’s favourite car.
The ‘DB Junior’ is a fully functioning petrol-engined classic sports car for children aged 10 and over inspired by the British superspy’s legendary Aston Martin DB5 of the 1960s.
The price of a modest family saloon – the junior Bondmobile is a convertible rather than a coupe but has a top speed of 46mph – which can be restricted downwards.
Boy racer: Classic junior car has been designed the miniature sports car to inspire 10-year-olds
Measuring just 8ft 2 inches by 3ft 4 inches and standing just 2ft 5 inches high, the ‘DB Junior’ it is powered by a 110cc four-stroke petrol engine linked to a semi-automatic 3-speed gearbox plus reverse with a key-operated electric starter.
But the fully adjustable pedal box means it can accommodate drivers of 6ft and aged from 10 to 80-plus.
However cannot be driven on public highways so driving is restricted to private land or tracks.
It has composite coachwork on a steel box section chassis, 10-inch wheels including a spare, leather or vinyl seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel and hydraulic Brembo disc brakes.
And unlike the big-screen Bond versions which appeared in early 007 movies such as ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ with Sean Connery and more recently with Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’, this one does not have machine guns or an ejector seat.
It is inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s, named after the former Aston Martin boss David Brown. But they are not officially endorsed by Aston Martin.
WILL IT FIT IN JAMES BOND JUNIOR’S GARAGE?
- Length: 8ft 2 inches
- Width: 3ft 4 inches
- Height: 2ft 5 inches
- Weight: 97kg
- Drivers: From age 10
- Inspired by: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 of the 1960s
- Engine: 110cc four-stroke petrol quad-bike engine
- Gears: Semi-automatic 3-speed, plus reverse
- Top speed: 46mph (can be restricted downwards)
- Fuel: Circa 120mpg equivalent
- Features: Fully adjustable pedal box to accommodate drivers of 6ft
- Also 10-inch wheels including a spare, leather or vinyl seats, wood-rimmed steering wheel, hydraulic Brembo disc brakes, key-operated electric starter
JAMES BOND’S ORIGINAL ASTON MARTIN DB5
- Price new in 1963: £4,175 with purchase tax
- Value today: £450,000-plus
- Length: 15ft
- Width: 5ft 6 inches
- Height: 4ft 3 inches
- Weight: 1.4 tonnes (1466kg)
- Engine: 3995cc ‘straight-six’ cylinder
- Power: 282bhp
- Gears: Four-speed with over-drive (later 5-speed)
- Top speed: 148mph, 0-60mph, 7.1secs
- MPG: 20mpg
- Range: circa 330miles.
(The convertible DB5 cost £4,490 with purchase tax ub 1963. Value now £650,000-plus. A DB5 used in the Bond movies is worth around £3million)