For budding young James Bonds and children of all ages who want to emulate their hero in a baby Aston Martin, engineers have created a scaled down fully working replica of 007’s most iconic car from the 1960s.
The electric two-thirds scale DB5 has been created by the Bicester-based Little Car Company in collaboration with the British motor brand.
It celebrates the original DB5 launched in 1963 but which gained worldwide fame and iconic status when a gadget-laden version first appeared on the big screen in the 1964 James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ with Sean Connery – the first in a string of 007 appearances up to and including the forthcoming ‘No Time to Die’ with Daniel Craig.
Two versions are available: the DB5 Junior costing from £42,000 and the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior from £54,000.
For budding Bonds: Aston Martin and Bicester-based Little Car Company have created a scaled-down electric replica of the legendary 1960s DB5. But it isn’t cheap…
Incredibly, it means the toddler-friendly ride-on costs more than ten times the £4,175 price tag of the original DB5 in the ’60s – though mint examples today sell for millions.
And it’s a snip compared to the limited edition of DB5 Goldfinger continuation cars built by Aston Martin – complete with 007 gadgets including replica machine guns – selling ow for £3,3million each.
A limited run of only 1,059 Junior vehicles are being built, exactly the same number as the full-size DB5 of the 1960s – and owners of original cars are being offered the first the opportunity to buy one, with a matching chassis number to their car.
The two-thirds scale electric junior car has been over the last 15 months and is is based on Aston Martin’s own 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure complete accuracy and authenticity.
At 3 metres long and 1.1 metres wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to accommodate an adult and a child side by side in supportive bucket seats so as ‘to allow different generations to share the love of driving’.
The car is constructed from a lightweight but rigid aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body which helps keep the total weight down to around 270kg.
Two versions are available: the DB5 Junior costing from £42,000 and the more powerful DB5 Vantage Junior from £54,000
THe standard DB5 Junior is powered by a battery driven 6.7bhp 5kW electric motor driving the rear wheels up to a top speed on the standard DB5 Junior of 30mph, with a range of between 10 and 20 miles depending on how it is driven
The more potent – and more expensive – DB5 Vantage Junior model has an uprated 13.4bhp 10kW electric motor. It will hit nearly 50mph with a range of between 20 and 40 miles, says the makers
It is powered by a battery driven 6.7bhp 5kW electric motor driving the rear wheels up to a top speed on the standard DB5 Junior of 30mph, with a range of between 10 and 20 miles depending on how it is driven.
However, in a special ‘race’ mode, that cap cam be lifted so that it can accelerate from rest to 37mph in just six seconds up to a top speed of 42mph.
The more potent DB5 Vantage Junior model, with a 13.4bhp 10kW electric motor will hit nearly 50mph with a range of between 20 and 40 miles.
A second battery can be added, and each pack can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.
The DB5 Junior comes in famous Silver Birch colour as standard, with a full black leather interior and carpet set, and a boot in the rear for storage.
It has working headlights, brake lights, indicators and a horn. Power is regulated by aluminium accelerator and brake pedals.
At 3 metres long and 1.1 metres wide, the DB5 Junior is designed to accommodate an adult and a child side by side in supportive bucket seats so as ‘to allow different generations to share the love of driving’
Like the original, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the 21st century; the fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter and the oil temperature monitors the motor temperature
Cars will also come with a range of optional accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates
A perfect two-thirds scale steering wheel has a racing-style quick release to make entry and exit easier for the driver.
Like the original, the dashboard is filled with functional Smiths instruments, which have been cleverly updated for the 21st century; the fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter and the oil temperature monitors the motor temperature.
And the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s car sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
The Little Car Company said: ‘Absolute authenticity was key throughout the development of the vehicle. For example, the DB5 Junior sports the same iconic Aston Martin ‘wings’, ‘shield’ and DB5 badges as the original 1963 model.’
Also like the original, the car sits on double wishbone suspension at the front.
The scaled-down replica has 10-inch wire wheels, each with ventilated disc brakes with regenerative braking to help conserve and generate electric power en route
The painstaking attention to detail means the car is a shrunken-down version of the original (but with an electric power source) with everything from the instruments to the mirrors replicating the 1960s icon
The car is constructed from a lightweight but rigid aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body which helps keep the total weight down to around 270kg
It rides on 10-inch wire wheels and has four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with regenerative braking to help conserve and generate electric power en route.
There’s also a rally-style hydraulic handbrake which the creators say ‘while strictly not necessary, does add to the fun for the bigger kids amongst us’.
There are three main driving modes.
‘Novice’ for less experienced drivers reduces power to 1.3 bhp with a 12mph top speed.
In this mode there’s also the addition of a remote ‘kill switch’, so the car can be disabled at the touch of a button on a fob at a range of up to 30 metres. This will automatically shut the powertrain down so the vehicles come to a gentle halt if an ‘enthusiastic novice’ goes beyond that range.
‘Expert’ mode is for more experienced toddler drivers with 6.7bhp of power and a 30mph top speed.
Finally, ‘race’ mode puts the shrunken DB5 into its punchiest setting as mentioned earlier.
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DB5 Junior: £42,000
DB5 Vantage Junior: £54,000
On sale: now
First deliveries: 2021
Number to be built: 1059 (same as original DB5)
Production: The Little Car Conmpany, Bicester in collaboration with Aston Martin
Size: 2/3 scale of original 1963 Aston Martin DB5
Length: 3 metres
Width: 1.1 metres
Seats: 2 (one adult one child)
Construction: Aluminium honeycomb chassis and composite body
Wheels: 10-inch wire
Junior: 6.7bhp electric motor
‘Vantage’ version: 13.4bhp
Power source: Battery pack
Driving modes: Novice, Expert, Race (plus Vantage)
Top Speed: Up to 50mph in special ‘racing’ mode
Acceleration: 0-37mph in 6 seconds
Junior DB5 : 10 to 20 miles
Junior DB5 Vantage: 20 to 40 miles
The more powerful and expensive DB5 Vantage Junior model has a ‘performance upgrade’ and features a fourth driving mode is also called ‘Vantage’.
This is operated by a hidden ‘missile switch’ which doubles the power output to 13.4bhp – or 10kW – and increases the top speed to 42mph.
Performance is further enhanced by the lightweight carbon fibre body and a second battery pack, doubling the range to between 20 and 40 miles depending on driving style.
Cars will also come with a range of optional accessories including flight cases, additional batteries, covers, toolkits and custom number plates.
The Little Car Company said: ‘Owners will be invited to customise their DB5 Juniors either with a range of representative period exterior and interior colours or perhaps delve into Aston Martin’s contemporary palette, to match their full-size car.’
In addition, every DB5 Junior owner will receive automatic membership of the respected Aston Martin Owners Club, with their ‘junior’ cars registered for future provenance and authenticity,
The firm noted: ‘All clients will receive complimentary membership of The Little Car Club which allows them to take part in exclusive events where they, their children and grandchildren can drive their DB5 Juniors on the most prestigious racetracks.’
Marek Reichman, executive vice president and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, said: ‘m thrilled to see this new, exquisite interpretation of what is, perhaps, our most iconic model join the Aston Martin family.
‘The Little Car Company have gone into meticulous detail to truly replicate the stunning form of the original DB5. I very much look forward to seeing these fun tributes to the timeless DB5 go into ‘service’ with owners of all ages around the world.’
Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: ‘It is an honour to partner with Aston Martin on this project, creating a piece of history which will be passed down from one generation to the next.
‘As a child I would not have imagined any better way to learn to drive than in ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’.
Prospective buyers who wish to secure one of the limited-edition DB5 Juniors can visit the dedicated site from today to place a fully refundable deposit on a first come, first served basis. When these build slots are full, a waiting list will be put in place.
The firm said: ‘Existing Aston Martin DB5 owners will be given first refusal on their DB5 Junior chassis number to match their full-size car.’