British superspy James Bond is universally admired for his sharp suits, his way with ladies, and his sweet, sweet rides. Throughout 26 explosive spy films spanning five decades, Agent 007 drove some of the fastest and coolest cars out there. Bond’s cars usually had powerful engines, sleek styling, and were often British-made. But Her Majesty’s finest drove clunkers too, elevating their status from mom and pop-mobiles to cult classics. Not all of the following cars survived their dance with the devilishly dapper secret agent- but here is a list of 11 of the most iconic he ever drove.
Driven by Sean Connery, this beauty was fun, fast, and as cool as the secret agent himself. The drop-top had a 97.1 cu in engine and a reported top speed of 98.6 mph (158.7 km/h), which was very respectable for the time. Just under 20,000 of the Series II were produced, and remaining examples have become rare commodities.
Unlike the lighthearted Sunbeam, the Aston Martin’s DBS was a darker, stealthier take on what a spy’s car should be. The model mixed trademark Aston styling with a squared off front grille and a fastback type rear end, and came with a no-cost optional upgrade to a vantage engine that could produce an advertised 325 bhp. The DBS’s timeless design was impossible to shelve, and Aston Martin returned to it many times, most notably with the V8 Vantage.
Bond put his custom designed curvy convertible to the test on-screen, and the car easily out-paced machine-gun-wielding villains in a thrilling car chase. Japan’s first supercar was actually a sleek, high-performance limited-production hardtop coupe grand tourer that Road & Track magazine compared favorably with the Porsche 911. Exciting and fun to drive, 2000GTs have sold at auction for up to $1,200,000.
The 1971 Mustang Mach 1 was a powerful beast that came with a choice of V8 engines capable of producing 330 or 370 horsepower and a top speed of 108 mph (174 km/h), according to Mustang Specs. The clean-cut muscle car was Hollywood material, and made many appearances on the silver screen. 007’s was raging red, and evaded a police car by pulling a ski stunt, squeezing through a narrow alleyway on two wheels.
When he popped over to Amsterdam masquerading as a diamond smuggler, Bond’s ride of choice was the Triumph Stag. 007’s had a removable hardtop, a popular factory option for early models. With its powerful V8 engine, top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h), and timeless design, the Triumph Stag is still one of the most sought after British classic cars today.
AMC’s Hornet appeared in red in this Bond movie, and fans loved its powerful, turn-hugging driving capabilities. The film featured the hatchback edition, which was not the fastest car on the road, but came with a number of optional engines that still had spirit and drive. In this film, the American-made compact muscle car was used in a legendary aerial stunt, where it successfully landed a 360-degree mid-air corkscrew jump over a broken bridge.
Her Majesty’s most valuable asset returned to a British car for this film. Bond tore up the road with the S1 during a chase sequence that ended when the car dove into a lake- and converted to a functioning submarine. Always ready for a design challenge, Elon Musk bought 007’s “Wet Nellie” sub in 2013 with plans to fit it with a Tesla electric powertrain and redesign it to be able to make the transformation for real.
This yellow buggy may look dinky, and was indeed one of the lowest-tech rides 007 ever drove. But the rugged Citroën 2CV was designed for utility, affordability, and strength enough to serve farmers in the French countryside. In the film, Bond’s car survived serious abuse, and became so iconic that Citroën released a special edition 007 version of the car, which came pre-riddled with fake bullet holes.
A boxier and tougher ride than Bond’s favored roadsters, the BMW E38 750iL was a war machine in the 1997 spy film. Using its remote controlled and voice assisted programming, plus gadgets like tear gas dispensers and missiles, the car single-handedly took out a gang of crooks in no time. The film’s slightly overdone robo-schtick aside, the 750iL’s luxury styling and driving capabilities so outshone its successors that used models have increased significantly in value over the years.
In his first appearance as the secret agent, Daniel Craig revealed the DBS V12, a more serious car than many of Bond’s previous rides. With 510 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque, the dashing DBS V12 didn’t have time for silly gadgets, and was driven for speed and glory until it met its untimely end. Fans probably agree that nothing could have killed this car besides the Guinness World Record-breaking 7-rotation barrel roll that finally crushed it.
Possibly the most recognizable of the cars driven by 007, the Aston Martin DB5 has appeared in five James Bond films, including in the final battle in “Skyfall” (2012). The 1964 film used the original prototype of the DB5, which featured at the 1964 New York World’s Fair as “the most famous car in the world.” Fans have appreciated the suave and powerful design of the DB5 over the years, and it remains one of the most iconic Bond cars of all time.