DVLA Personalised Registrations is helping a James Bond super-fan complete what will surely be the most comprehensive “sister” car to arguably the most famous car in the world – his ill-fated 1965 Aston Martin DB5.
In the Bond films, the iconic DB5 featured the registration BMT 216A, however our mystery buyer bought BMT 216B during a recent online timed auction staged by the Agency in order to place it on his classic 1965 Aston Martin DB5 currently undergoing a full restoration which, when complete, will see it rebuilt to the exact specification to the famed classic car.
Speaking from his home in south Wales, the self-confessed James Bond fanatic, said: “It was fate, really. I agreed terms with Aston Martin Works shortly before Christmas to buy and completely restore an original 1965 DB5 to the exact specification of the ultimate Bond car when one of the team joked the only thing missing from my car to make it complete is the BMT 216A registration. That set me thinking, so I searched the DVLA’s website to see if an alternative BMT-related registration was available and discovered BMT 216B was actually being auctioned in the online sale.”
He added: “What I am undertaking is an enormous project that has to treat the original car with the utmost respect. I am not building a replica. I am building what I believe to be the perfect sister car to the original, the only thing separating the two will be a couple of the famed gadgets and, thanks to the DVLA, a single letter on the registration.”
What makes the purchase of BMT 216B even more significant is that the original BMT 216A-registered Aston Martin DB5 was stolen from a Florida airport hangar in 1997. Despite a huge investigation and world-wide search it is still missing.
DVLA Personalised Registrations is currently preparing for its second live three-day auction of 2019 which will be held at The Crowne Plaza hotel in Reading from next Wednesday, May 15, featuring 1,250 lots.
Among the array of personalised registrations directly related to most supercars on our roads, there is one – namely A555 TON – with a direct correlation to Aston Martin. This will be featured alongside 992 POR, LAM 800W and J488 FER for Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari drivers respectively.
Jody Davies, DVLA Personalised Registrations’ Senior Sales Manager, said: “What an incredible story! It’s an absolute delight to know we are helping a customer fulfil a long-held ambition. One of the team here is a James Bond fanatic so it raised a few smiles in the office when we realised there was so much interest in BMT 216B during the sale. To know it will eventually sit on such an iconic car really is a romantic story.”