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Bargain: Skyfall Aston Martin Sold For $100k

The Aston Martin Featured in the film Skyfall sold for only $100,000. Other examples of DB5s have fetched well over a half-million dollars. The twist is, this particular car was a 1:3 scale replica of the real thing. That’s right, someone paid almost 100 geezers for a plastic replica of the real thing.

If you are a Bond fan or have been following the media surrounding Skyfall, you may already be aware of the DB5 replicas that were produced for the film.  A total of three 1:3 scale models were created by the German firm Voxeljet.  They used a 3D printer to make the 18 plastic parts (54 parts total) of the models.  The parts were then sent to Propshop Modelmakers in London, who did the paint, chrome, and final assembly work.  The plastic parts were mounted to a steel frame to create the finished products. 

At least one of the models was blown all to hell for the climatic action scene in the movie.  Another was sold by Christie’s for nearly $100,000.  My research has netted no results on the whereabouts of the third model.  Hopefully, it was accidentally shipped to my house. 

Thankfully, no DB5s were harmed in the filming of the movie. 

Real or model?

Check out this youtube video for an idea of how 3D printing works: (Not an Aston Martin, but Yoda.)

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Scott Ith is an Associate Editor with Hooniverse.com, but he also contributes to his own site NeedThatCar.com.  Head over there for more hooniganism.

Currently there are "10 comments" on this Article:

  1. Scandinavian Flick says:

    A 3D printed 1/3 scale car??? Not only is that an awesome way for film studios to stop destroying classic cars, but… Heh…

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/HVuAX.jpg&quot; width="400">

  2. Scandinavian Flick says:

    I'd totally print an Aston Martin in my living room, put a TV on the hood, and hook up a Logitech steering wheel and pedal setup in the car.

  3. JayP2112 says:

    Heard RedBull was getting CAD data from England during the USGP and making parts in the pits with these magical devices and bolting them to the car. Damn… That was my masters thesis I never finished 15 years ago. :(

  4. P161911 says:

    Considering the size of this thing and the cost of 3D printing supplies, the $100k is probably well below what it cost to build, especially when you include the paintwork. I imagine it took several hundred hours of printing time alone to build this thing.

    The Dimension 3D printer at work is the coolest thing I get to play with, but it only has a 10"X10"x12" build envelope.

    • Scoutdude says:

      The little 3D printers aren't cheap, so one large enough to make that body has got to be very expensive. I know the stuff we use is averages about $6 per cu in including the support material. so yeah that body had to cost a lot though I'm betting they had some sort of basic form they printed it around so they didn't need to use as much support material. Even with a support buck It had to take a long long time to print.

      Gives me an idea though about being able to make a hotwheels size version of my own car. Just find an appropriate proportioned car take off the body and reuse the chassis and wheels. Of course there is all the time to do the CAD before you can start printing.

  5. Maymar says:

    I've downloaded many cars! Granted, they were all PC racing games.

  6. gearz1 says:

    I have a hard time with the fact some yoyo paid 100 grand for a plastic model.

  7. topdeadcentre says:

    It'll probably end up as a decoration in some theme restaurant somewhere…

    But $100k? That's crazy stupid too much money.

  8. Devin says:

    Has there ever been a better movie car? There was actually a cheer when it was revealed at the theater I saw Skyfall at.

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