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The playBOY lifestyle: Luxury car dealer sells £16,000 mini convertible Aston Martins for children

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. Priced from £16,500 – 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. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO Boy racer: Classic car dealer Nicholas Mee & Co has designed the miniature sports car to inspire 10-year-olds The DB Junior, which looks identical to a 1960s model favoured by James Bond, is complete with leather seats 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

. Power: It can reach 45mph and costs the same as a Ford Fiesta – but 30 times less than an Aston Martin The toy-sized vehicle model is designed for children but can fit a driver up to six feet tall 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 has a set of Brembo disc brakes, a three-speed gearbox and an impressive top speed of 46mph 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. The cars are on sale with West London Aston Martin Heritage dealer Nicholas Mee & Co and can be bought directly from stock or specially commissioned for ‘bespoke’ treatment. A spokesman for the dealership said: ‘Customers can choose from a wide-ranging palette of colours and trim that can even be matched to a full-size Aston already in the family. ‘The driver will have full use of indicators and even lights. And, for those Mr Toad moments, the horn will Parp! Parp! in an instant. ‘We hope we will be welcoming a new generation of customer: younger, but no less discerning, and like their parent looking for the ultimate in performance and handcrafted style.’ The dealership’s managing director Nicholas Mee said: ‘When we first saw the DB Junior we couldn’t stop smiling. ‘We then realised that these scaled-down 1960s convertibles would complement full-sized offerings here in our showrooms. ‘What’s more, we regularly have enquiries from our clients looking for something unusual and different to add to their collection of classics.’ Mr Mee said: ‘You’d be surprised how well the DB Junior is engineered, and how much room there is in the cockpit. It’s big enough for an adult and the pedals can be adjusted so that the DB Junior will fit a wide range of drivers. Let’s say ‘junior drivers of all ages’.

WILL IT FIT IN JAMES BOND JUNIOR’S GARAGER DB JUNIOR

  • Price: from £16,500
  • Sold by: Nicholas Mee & Co, Aston Martin Heritage Dealer, West London
  • Manufactured by: A British-owned company in Thailand
  • 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)