You may know Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau from The Pink Panther. Or perhaps you’re more familiar with his role as the inscrutable, convulsively Fuhrer-heiling Dr. Strangelove from Kubrick’s 1964 cold war classic. But did you know that for a brief moment, the legendary comic-actor played James Bond? His personal choice in cars corroborates this tidbit, and now, you can own a true Bond car (more or less) by bidding on this 1961 Aston Martin DB-4 GT from Sellers’ personal collection.
The 007 film in question is one Bond fans usually disavow. The 1967 Casino Royale was a farcical exploitation of Bond’s popularity that most don’t consider a true edition in the Bond canon. Nevertheless, the DB-4 GT is the same prestigious model that Sean Connery’s Bond drove in GoldFinger, and Sellers kept his own espionage-green machine pristine over the years. Sellers first drove it in the 1963 comedy The Wrong Arm of the Law, and the movie star apparently loved being behind the wheel so much that he purchased the DB-4 once production had wrapped. Sellers had the stock engine replaced with a 4.0-liter Lagonda Rapide block, but kept the green paintjob from the film. The lightweight, high-performance amplification of the standard DB4 is just one of 75 ever produced, and among fewer that have been owned by movie stars. Sellers’ car collection was more extensive than his filmography (83 cars to 40 films) and this might be the crown jewel of the lot.
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