The amount of cars in James Bond films is off the charts; chronicling them in their entirety could take a lifetime. There have been cool cars, insane cars, ridiculous cars, sexy characters, and cars with adjectives that haven’t even been invented yet. Here at KHACHILIFE, there’s one thing we value above all else: class. Classiness is understated elegance. It’s sophistication. It’s being the most brilliant car in the garage and never having to say it. It’s with this in mind that we take a look at the classiest cars ever seen in the universe of 007.
5. Toyota 2000GT
The most collectible Japanese car of all time, the Toyota 2000GT appeared brilliantly in the 1967 Bond film, You Only Live Twice. Considered Japan’s first supercar, this Toyota-Yamaha collaboration yielded a spectacular car, one with fine wood inlays on the dash (the kind normally reserved for Yamaha’s finest pianos), a lightweight aluminum body, and some gorgeous bodylines that are reminiscent of a Jaguar E-Type. This car is also very, very rare — which only adds to its mystique.
You don’t get the greatest look at the car in that scene, so here’s a photo to admire:
4. Aston Martin DBS V12
That’s right — we’re not just sticking with the classics on this list. Casino Royale got a lot of things right when they breathed new life into the 007 franchise, and one of them was including this incredible combo of performance and luxury. While presentable on the outside, this car has a ridiculous amount of unruly power under the hood — think of it like an MMA fighter in a tuxedo. Much like the heartbreak that occurred later in the movie with Vesper, it was simply soul-crushing to witness what became of Aston Martin’s lovely creation.
3. BMW Z8
The Pierce Brosnan films had their ups and downs when it came to the cars (and perhaps a few other things as well), but their car game was on point when they chose to include this gorgeous German roadster in The World is Not Enough. Sleek and eye-catching.
Oh yeah, and it’s not easy to emotionally deal with what became of it in the film, either.
2. Sunbeam Alpine
James Bond started off on the right foot. Sean Connery, Dr. No, Ursula Andress, and this outstanding Sunbeam Alpine — the original Bond sports car. This British roadster was packing a 1.6L that made only 80bhp, so while it lacked the beefy power of some of the later Bond cars, it made up for it with refreshing looks and the intimate driver-road connection that its pint-sized confines allowed.
1. Aston Martin DB5
Don’t worry, we weren’t going to leave this one off the list. The most iconic of all the Bond cars, the DB5 is the epitome of class. Appearing throughout many of the James Bond films, from Goldfinger all the way up to Skyfall, the Aston Martin DB5 gives you clean, classy body lines, a regal front grill, and a thunderous engine that delivered the goods. Truly the classiest of the 007 cars — and perhaps one of the classiest cars of all time, period.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see some cars on this list ahead of the ones we picked? Before you bring up the Lotus Esprit S1 or that outstanding 1971 Mustang Mach 1, bear in mind that this is a “classiest” list. While those two selections would be sure to top most “coolest” lists, they are far too flashy (or in the Mustang’s case, brawny) for consideration here. But perhaps that’s the greatest thing about the 007 movies and the cars in them — there are rides of all kinds that we can admire for years to come.