James Bond Cars Page II
James Bond is the action man men around the world all want to be most like.
Ian Fleming was an intelligence officer at the Naval Intelligence Division (NID), and a true British 2nd war hero and played key roles in the fight against Naziism. We take a look at some of the greatest motors ever used in 007 movies. Which of the many James Bond cars is the best? A never ending debate that will stretch the lives of generations past, present & to come. Therefore, so not as to cause such a catastrophic disturbance, it will be so much easier to list them in no order at all!
Ford Mustang Mach 1
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the least likely Bond cars. The coupé, produced in 1969, is definitely a muscle car, optional V8s - a 5.7-litre or 7.0-litre. Lacking in gadgets & Q features, it does however redeem itself when it flips onto its side in an alley, squeezing past with inches to spare.
The Mustang has undergone many changes in the last 30-40 years, but still remains one of the best looking muscle cars to date.
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Lotus Esprit S1
Q and his team really did excel themselves when they devised this car. Apart from the Aston DB5 it is the most recognised Bond car ever. Why? Because, when chased in The Spy Who Loved Me, he launches the car off a pier & into the sea. The Lotus then sprouts fins, the doors & windows seal tight & it turns into a submersible, enabling him to fight off the baddies both under & above the water, until he simply emerges on a packed beach & drives off.
Unfortunately, it was much too cramped & the non-turbo versions didn't have the 2.2-litre engine. There were only 200 of these Lotus's made worldwide.
The Esprit was launched in October 1975 & went into production in June 1976. They had a steel backbone chassis and a fibreglass body, the Esprit was powered by the Lotus 907 4 cylinder engine. This engine displaced 2.0 L, produced 160 bhp. It featured a 5 speed unit gearbox & inboard rear brakes.
Aston Martin V8 Volante
This car appeared in The Living Daylights, notably as a coupe in the beginning & then a hardtop at the end. As of the norm, it has its gadgets on board. These range from lasers in the front wheels, especially good for chopping cars in half, to missile launchers hidden behind the headlights, re-inflating tyres, a police scanner, built-in skis, jet-propulsion and a windscreen that can track targets. It also has a self-destruct facility, along with, spike-producing tyres, signal-intercepting smart radio & a head-up display. It could possibly be one of the most gadgeted cars of the Bond films.
The Aston Martin V8 is one of the most important cars in the British firm's history. This was the car that marked the start of the eight-cylinder Astons & it ran in many forms from 1969 to 1990. The two-door coupe and convertible uses a 5.3-litre V8 engine which will enable speeds of 60mph in 6.1secs & to a top speed of 162mph, despite its weight. Naturally the enormous V8 engine gives it genuine muscle car status. Volante - or convertible version - and towards the end it's been winterised with a hardtop. This particular model was produced in 1970.
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