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10 Cars Driven By James Bond You Can Actually Afford Today

“What Bond Can I Afford?” Surprisingly, A Lot Of Them

Updated October 31, 2018

Don’t let me mislead you. I said cars driven by James Bond, not the actual Bond cars (mostly). That’s because there aren’t many affordable Bond cars, plus not all of them have survived to see movie franchise’s 50th anniversary. If you’re into James Bond, you’ll also remember that he had actually driven numerous other vehicles beside the designated Bond car. He has driven almost everything from submarine/supercar mash up of the Lotus Esprit S1 to the likes of AMC Hornet, Citroen 2CV, and Ford LTD. Yeah, you read it right, a Ford LTD. Although you’ll most likely only remember the Aston Martins, BMWs, and, well, Fords, Bond cars were much more colorful than that.

Of course, neither of the six Bonds has driven any of these second choice cars for too long. Some have only made a short appearance, while others have had a glorious role. In both instances, however, they were disposable and treated as such. However, you can bet their manufacturers had paid a pretty penny in order for them to make it to the big screen and serve either as Bond’s temporary transportation mean or a bumper car. The main thing is; you can find second hand examples with price tags that are affordable by more or less anyone’s standards.

“What Bond Can I Afford?”

BMW 750 iL (E38)

Appeared in: 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies

The BMW 750 iL used to be the Bavarian maker’s flagship car back then, and it’s hard to believe it’s affordable even 15 years after the end of its production. But it is. Apart from the obvious reason (age), it might be due to its extremely thirsty 5.4L V12 engine kicking out 346 horsepower. Bond’s 750 iL had some ludicrous gadgets like the spray gas or electric shocker. It also could have been controlled remotely via cell phone, and had a roof-mounted rocket launcher. Yours won’t have any of that stuff, but at least you’ll be able to buy if for around $5,000. Be prepared for close to 200,000 miles in that case. If you’d like low mileage, on the other hand, $10,000 should be sufficient. That’s still affordable for nicely preserved flagship luxury car with 20 years under its belt.

Affordable Bond Cars - bmw_750il

Ford LTD

Appeared in: 1985 A view to a Kill

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson driving Yugo GV in 1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance was funny. Roger Moore driving Ford LTD in 1985 A View to a Kill – not so much. Mostly because the first two ridiculed the crappy rust bucket they were driving, while the good Sir Roger Moore didn’t do the same with the LTD. This is probably one of the worst car James Bond has ever driven. But that doesn’t really concern us. What does is the fact you can easily get it for around $5,000. If you find any of the last gen models, that is.

Affordable Bond Cars - ford-ltd-1985-8

AMC Hornet

Appeared in: 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun

Yep, Bond had driven the AMC back in the day. Not only he’s driven one, but he’s pulled quite a stunt with it. If you’re a fan, you probably remember the corkscrew jump that the good old James Bond had pulled with the red Hornet he’s commandeered from the Bangkok dealership. Now, all AMC’s have one major problem. They’re rare. Hornet is among rarest of them all, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one. Still, one with the in-line six engine and in fine shape can be yours for around $6,000. V8 will command a little bit higher price tag, though.

Affordable Bond Cars - amc-hornet

Ford Fusion V6

Appeared in: 2006 Casino Royale

Casino Royale was one of the most important James Bond films in the past 30 or so years. It’s the first one based on Ian Flemming’s writing since 1989 Licence to Kill and the first to feature Daniel Craig as the main protagonist. And what does he drive at the beginning of the movie? A Ford Mondeo 2.5L ST which is nothing other than Euro spec first gen Ford Fusion V6. What an anti-climax for the series reboot! Casino Royale ended up being one of the best Bond films of all time, and Ford Fusion isn’t necessarily a bad car – only not really a Bond one. It can easily be found for some $7,000, but high mileage units go for much less than that.

Affordable Bond Cars - ford-mondeo

Citroën 2CV

Appeared in: 1981 For Your Eyes Only

Don’t laugh! You’ll soon find out the ugly little 2CV is among the more expensive cars on this list. Don’t worry, it’s still affordable. The problem is deciding whether 30 or 40-year old outdated ugly duckling is worth $15,000 which is exactly how much people in the US want for it. 2CV’s had a 42-year long production run which speaks a lot about it. Over the years, it’s become a collectible, and it’s quite rare in the states. Those are the reasons it’s as expensive as it is. But I say it’s definitely worth it. If Bond can drive it the way he did, it has to be fun! Doesn’t it? Plus, all of them are restored and in fine shape.

Affordable Bond Cars - citroen 2cv

Ford Mustang Mach 1

Appeared in: 1971 Diamonds are Forever

1971 wasn’t the best of years for Mustang lovers, but Mach 1 package was at the top of its game. It has done one hell of a job in the film too, when it helped Sean Connery escape pursuing Las Vegas Police Department. Wheelie through narrow alleyway still remains one of the best car stunts in James Bond movies, although it can’t compare with the famous Casino Royale Aston Martin DBS roll. Mustang Mach 1 is still a valued possession which warrants around $30,000 on average. You can, however, find it for $20,000 or thereabouts, but much higher stickers aren’t that uncommon as well.

Affordable Bond Cars - Ford Mustang Mach 1

BMW Z3 (E36/7)

Appeared in: 1995 GoldenEye

GoldenEye is certainly there among the best Bond movies ever produced, and it’s also Pierce Brosnan’s first appearance as 007. The BMW Z3 was also BMW’s first appearance as a Bond car. BMW Z3 has a lot to thank for to the James Bond franchise. It reached its peak straight from the get-go after appearing in the film, but people later figured out it wasn’t really all that good. You can easily find it for $7,000 these days, and that’s a fine deal as long as luxury roadsters go. Those with north of 100,000 miles can be acquired for less than $5,000, and knowing BMW’s reliability, they’ll run for at least 100,000 more. It’ll also cost you keeping it fit, but that’s the deal with German luxury sports cars (although Z3 is American-made).

Affordable Bond Cars - BMW Z3

Lincoln Mark VII LSC

Appeared in: 1989 Licence to Kill

Blue Oval was really aggressive with its Bond car advertising, and they really didn’t care about the chosen means. Lincoln Mark VII LSC isn’t a bad car, but it isn’t really a Bond car as well. Still, Timothy Dalton drove it as his rental car in Key West. 5.0L Windsor V8 was responsible for considerable amount of power at the rear wheels which is always a plus, unless you’re a fuel economy freak. It can be found for as little as $3,500 if you’re looking for more than 100,000 miles on its odometer, while those with considerably lower mileage cost around $10,000.

Affordable Bond Cars - Lincoln Mark VIII LSC

1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible

Appeared in: 2002 Die Another Day

It was only driven shortly while Bond was on Cuba, but it still was driven by him. Ford Fairlane Convertible is one prized possession these days and usually goes for some $30,000 to $40,000. That’s a lot of money to be considered affordable, but it is a 60-year old classic, and most of them are fully restored and in great shape. This is why it’s high price tag isn’t all that relevant. The prices will only grow, after all, so consider it as an investment.

Affordable Bond Cars - ford-fairlane-convertible

Lotus Esprit S3 Turbo

Appeared in: 1981 For Your Eyes Only

The submarine Lotus Esprit S1 from 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me might be a tough nut to crack as non-driving model costs as much as $1 million. Lotus Esprit Turbo from three years later, however, can be obtained for around $35,000. Of course, it can cost more than that since it’s quite rare these days. But, consider it this way: this is still a mid-engine supercar, and can you really allow yourself to pass up the opportunity to own wedge-shaped supercar for that kind of money? And you know they’re all in very good condition as well, and with low to average mileage figures.

Affordable Bond Cars - lotus_turbo_esprit

 

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Nikola Potrebić
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Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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