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1964 Aston Martin DB5: “Bond, James Bond”

1964 Aston Martin DB5: “Bond, James Bond”

The Well-Known 1964 Aston Martin DB5

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, known as the legendary Bond car, is a British luxury grand tourer (GT). The DB5 was made by Aston Martin but designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. This car was built from 1963 to 1965 with only 1,059 total units. The “DB” designation honors Sir David Brown, the owner of the company from 1942 to 1972. Furthermore, the DB5 obtained its popularity from the film Goldfinger in 1964.

4.0-Liter DOHC Straight Six-Cylinder Engine

Aston Martin DB5 - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DB5 – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Under the hood, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sports a 4.0-liter DOHC straight six-cylinder engine. This motor produces 282 base horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. For the transmission, there are two options for the DB5. The primary option is a 5-speed ZF manual box. The optional transmission is a Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle can hit 60 mph in 8 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. Lastly, the weight of the DB5 is 3,311 pounds.

Factory Standard Options in the Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DB5 – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Standard options on the 1960s Aston Martin DB5 include:

  • Chrome Wire Wheels
  • Electric Windows
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Full Leather Trim
  • Magnesium-Alloy Body
  • Oil Cooler
  • Reclining Seats
  • Twin Fuel Tanks
  • Wool Pile Carpets

The chrome wire wheels complement the exterior of the vehicle. The full leather trim, reclining seats, and wool pile carpets provide luxurious comfort in the interior. Technological wise, the electric windows were a nice feature for the time. Although the magnesium-alloy body isn’t basic knowledge, it is a superleggera inspired frame. For performance, the oil cooler and twin fuel tanks were nice features to drive in attraction. Lastly, just in case, the DB5 has a fire extinguisher.

Aston Martin DB5 - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DB5 – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

DB5 Coupe, DB5 Convertible (Volante), and DB5 Shooting-Brake

Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (Volante) - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DB5 Convertible (Volante) – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The DB5 has 3 total variants including a coupe, convertible, and shooting-brake model. The DB5 Vantage Coupe is the basic model with the solid roof and James Bond style design. Next, the DB5 Convertible, or the DB5 Volante, is a drop-top version of the coupe. For general knowledge, Volante was not in use at the time by Aston Martin. Lastly, the Shooting-Brake concept model was specially produced for Sir David Brown in a wagon style coupe.

Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake - Front Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake – Front Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

“The names Bond, James Bond”

The fame of the 1960s Aston Martin DB5 started with the famous 007 film Goldenfinger in 1964. The silver-birch DB5 was chosen by John Stears, the special effects expert for the movie at the time. In the movie, the DB5 prototype was used as well as a base model for stunts. The DB5 also made an appearance in multiple other 007 films including GoldenEye, Skyfall, Spectre, and Tomorrow Never Dies. Bond wasn’t the only movie series that the DB5 made an appearance in. The DB5 was also in two other films: The Cannonball Run and Thunderball.

“The most famous car in the world”

The 1960s Aston Martin DB5 became famous for its appearance in Goldenfinger alone. This led Aston Martin to display the car at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. This appearance let to a surge in sales of the limited 1,059 models. At this event, the DB5 was dubbed “the most famous car in the world” at the time. Now, the DB5 is a rare spectacle and more so a collector’s car. Although, they do tend to make appearances at modern day car shows in certain cities.

Currently, the DB5 is worth an estimated $750,000 to $1,250,000


In the end, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is a forever famous grand tourer. With it’s large straight six and it’s gullwing doors, this car stuns spectators still today. In modern times, the 1960s DB5 ranges in price from roughly $750,000 minimum to around $1,250,000. With time, this price will only increase as the models gain age. In conclusion, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is the true car of “Bond, James Bond”.

The Utterly Infamous Jaguar XJ220 Supercar

The Utterly Infamous Jaguar XJ220 Supercar

The 1990s Jaguar XJ220

In the first half of the 1990s, Jaguar designed and manufactured the infamous Jaguar XJ220 supercar. This 2-seater supercar was produced from 1992 to 1994 at JaguarSport in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The XJ220 was limited to only 275 units. Initially, the XJ220 concept has a V12 engine, as anyone expects, but the production version has a smaller motor. Jaguar was initially planning to install a V12 engine in the XJ220 but it wouldn’t have met power goals due to regulations.

Jaguar XJ220 - Interior - Wikipedia Commons - EuroDrift

Jaguar XJ220 – Interior – Wikipedia Commons – EuroDrift

3.5-Liter Twin-Turbocharged JRV-6 V6 Engine

The Jaguar XJ220 sports a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged JRV-6 V6 engine. Yes, a V6 rather than a V12… but hold on. The XJ220 V6 boasts a whopping 542 horsepower and 473 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the XJ220 to hit 62 mph in only 3.8 seconds. This vehicle also completes a quarter mile in only 11.7 seconds. This powerful V6 works in unison with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Jaguar XJ220 - Engine - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Jaguar XJ220 – Engine – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Guinness World Record Holder for Top Speed in  early 90s

In the early 1990s, the Jaguar XJ220 received the Guinness World Record for the fastest production car at the time. A top speed of 212.3 mph was obtained while in Fort Stockton, Texas. After that, the top speed was beat out by the McLaren F1 at 240.1 mph. That McLaren did not have a rev limiter though. Although this record is long forgotten, this car was once a world record holder… respect.

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina Edition

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina - Front - Supercars - EuroDrift

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina – Front – Supercars – EuroDrift

In 1995, Jaguar was commissioned to build a special edition called the Pininfarina for the Sultan of Brunei and his brother Prince Jefri. This model differs from the production model in a few ways. First, the Pininfarina has fixed front headlights and enhanced rear taillights. The rear wing was re-designed as well as a new interior package was installed on this car. This model was strictly limited to the receivers, making it a one-of-a-kind supercar. Regardless, all of the XJ220 are truly rare supercars.

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina - Rear - Supercars - EuroDrift

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina – Rear – Supercars – EuroDrift

Currently Worth Around Half A Million Dollars


Overall, the infamous Jaguar XJ220 supercar was a shining star of its time. With a beastly V6 and a sporty design, this car was up and above sports cars at the time. On the current market, the XJ220 is worth about half a million dollars ($500,000 USD). Not many of these are for sale, so for collectors, now is the time to obtain yours… before it’ s too late. In conclusion, the Jaguar XJ220 is a unique supercar that deserves more respect.

Alfa Romeo 4C: Underappreciated in the United States

Alfa Romeo 4C: Underappreciated in the United States

The United States Underappreciates the Alfa Romeo 4C

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Drive - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Drive – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

In the United States, Alfa Romeo recently began marketing their vehicles, most specifically the Gilia and Stelvio. Although Alfa Romeo offers a sports car, the 4C, there hasn’t been a very good marketing campaign within the U.S. for it. Not surprisingly, this has led to low sales numbers on the 4C in the states. With a starting MSRP of $55,900, the 4C is a practical sports car that won’t leave a 6-digit hole in your wallet. Usually, these cars are loaded into the $60k price range with options.

A True Italian Sports Car Built in Modena, Italy

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Side - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Side – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

The Alfa Romeo 4C has been in manufacturing since 2013 in Modena, Italy. The design of the 4C is by Lorenzo Rapacity at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo. For a margin of the cost, this vehicle is basically Ferrari’s younger brother. It may not be as powerful or as fancy, but it feels and looks like a real sports car. Another feature that people dislike is the size of the vehicle. Although it is an estimate, this vehicle is optimal for a person under 6 feet tall and under 250 pounds. This is simply due to the Italian design that packs the most into a tiny sports car.

Transverse Mid-Engine 1.75-Liter I4 Engine

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Rear - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Rear – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

The Alfa Romeo 4C sports a transverse mid-engine 1.75-liter I4 with 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. These numbers may not be comparable to many other sports cars, but in this tiny vehicle, they are quite impressive. The 4C can hit 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds according to Car and Driver magazine. The top speed of the 4C is 155 mph. This isn’t a major concern as most people won’t be driving their sports car beyond road legal speeds anyway. Unless, you have a chance to hit the Autobahn or a race track.

Aerodynamic, Fuel Efficient, & Lightweight

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Nose - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Nose – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a very light vehicle at only 2,465 pounds. The aerodynamics, light weight, and small engine allow the 4C to get 24 mph in the city and 34 on the highway. Note, these numbers are only in effect at respectable accelerations and speeds. Driving the 4C will usually give the urge to spool the turbo and make some fancy maneuvers. Simply, never forget to be respectful driving any sports car on the road at any time.

The United States Needs to Appreciate the 4C


Overall, the Alfa Romeo 4C is a greatly underappreciated sports car in the United States. Alfa Romeo may be to blame due to the poor marketing that has went into this car in the states. It is a very affordable car that could reach a wide base of sports car enthusiasts. It may not be a practical daily driver, but it is a practically priced weekend car. In conclusion, the Alfa Romeo 4C is a fun little sports car that deserves more respect and sales in the U.S.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Wheel - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Wheel – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Cockpit - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Cockpit – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C - Dash - EuroPrestige Motors - EuroDrift

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Dash – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

Lamborghini Countach: An Outrageous Legend

Lamborghini Countach: An Outrageous Legend

Legendary Lamborghini Countach

The Lamborghini Countach is an outrageous legend of a sports car. The Countach is a mid-engine V12 sport scar with RWD. Production for this vehicle occurred from 1974 to 1990 with 2,049 models. The assembly plant was located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The designer for the Countach was Marcelo Gandini at Bertone. As with most cars of the period, the Countach sports a 5-speed manual transmission. The predecessor of the Countach is the Miura while the successor is the Diablo.

Breakdown of Lamborghini Countach Models

The Lamborghini Countach was built in a multitude of models including the LP400, LP400 S, LP500 Prototype, LP500 S, LP500 Turbo S, LP500 Quattrovalvole, 25th Anniversary edition, and Evoluzione Prototype. Each of these models have different figures for horsepower and torque. Rather than going over a specific model, this article will take a look at each of the above vehicle’s performance numbers. Each of the models contains the Countach V12 but each has minor differences that alter performance. The initial prototype has the Miura V12 engine while later models have an engine alteration.

Lamborghini Countach LP400 and LP400 s

The Lamborghini Countach LP400 has 440 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Next, the LP400 S offers 350 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. This is 90 horsepower less than the base LP400 but only 3 lb.-ft. less. The LP400 and LP400 S sport the same 3,929 cc engine. Basically, the S seems to denote a less powerful option, surprisingly.

Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototype and LP500 S

Next, the Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototype sports 440 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the same horsepower as the LP400 but the torque is higher by 64 lb.-ft.. The LP500 S has 370 horsepower and 308 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the same discrepancy of lower horsepower and torque on the S model as the 400 level. The LP500 Prototype has a 4,971 cc motor while the LP500 S has only 4,754 cc.

Lamborghini Countach LP500 Turbo S Prototype, 5000 QV, and 25th Anniversary

The Lamborghini Countach LP500 Turbo S Prototype has a 4,754 cc engine that produces a whopping 736 horsepower and 646 lb.-ft. of torque. This car is a beast in comparison to the previous 4 vehicles, and the most powerful model of the Countach line-up. Next, the Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV and the 25th Anniversary edition both contain the same 5,167 cc motor. Both the 5000 QV and the 25th Anniversary edition have 450 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Obviously, the major difference is that the 25th Anniversary edition is mean’t to celebrate 25 years of the Countach’s existence.

Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione Prototype

The last model to discuss is the Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione Prototype. This vehicle has a 5,167 cc engine with 450 horsepower and an estimated 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Please note, the torque is an estimation and guess based on the previous models. As a prototype, there is less information available for this vehicle. Each of the above Countach models has its own appearance or performance alterations that differentiate from the others.

In 2018, the Lamborghini Countach is Worth Around $300,000


Overall, the Lamborghini Countach is a beautifully outrageous vehicle. From it’s boxy appearance to it’s roaring V12, this car is a mashup of beauty and non-beauty. Honestly, this is what makes the Countach such a special and unique vehicle. In today’s market, the Countach is for sale at around $300,000. In conclusion, the Countach is a legendary vehicle that, regardless of its appearance, is welcome in most car collector garages.

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

Breakdown of the Ferrari Testarossa: A Famed Spectacle

The 1984 to 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Sports Car

The Ferrari Testarossa is a famed spectacle of a sports car that was produced from 1984 to 1991 in Maranello, Italy. In Maranello, 7,177 models were produced by the manufacturer. The Testarossa is a 2-door, rear mid-engine sports car. As with most Ferraris, the Testarossa sports a rear-wheel drivetrain in combination with a 5-speed manual transmission. Although the Testarossa isn’t as famous as the F40 or F50, this is still a spectacular sports car.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari Testarossa’s name pays homage to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. The 250 Testa Rossa was the World Sportscar Champion during its era. In Italian, “Testa Rossa” stands for “Red Head”. The purpose of this lingo is in relation to the red cam covers on the F12 engine. In modern times, some may believe this is disrespectful, but it’s not meant to be – so don’t take it that way.

4.9-Liter Tipo F113 F12 Engine

The Ferrari Testarossa sports a 4.9-liter Tipo F113 F12 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 361 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Testarossa to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and 100 mph in 11.4 seconds. The Testarossa can complete a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. The vehicle weights about 3,766 lbs. and has a top speed of 180 mph. Although these numbers compare to a typical passenger sports coupe in modern times (i.e. BMW M3), these figures were competitive in the 80s and 90s. This car produces a beastly sound from its flat 12 engine that can satisfy anyone’s ears audibly.

The Ferrari Testarossa Sells for $100k to $200k in 2018

Overall, the Ferrari Testarossa is a legendary sports car in Ferrari’s lineup. From it’s unique styling to its powerful flat 12 engine, this car is beautiful. Today, the Ferrari Testarossa is for sale between $100,000 and $200,000 depending on the vehicle, mileage, and other aspects. This car is a dream collectible vehicle for any sports car enthusiast. In conclusion, the Ferrari Testarossa is an amazing feat of engineering from the 80s and 90s.