Aston Martin and the Little Car Company have joined forces to create every little petrolhead’s dream car – the DB5 Junior. A scale version of possibly the most iconic car in the world.
When I was small, I desperately wanted one of those fancy pedal cars that looked like one of my Dad’s classic cars. I wanted to be able to drive my own little classic car around. Sadly I never got one but a few lucky kids today might get something far better than the pedal powered machine I craved.
The Aston Martin DB5 Junior by the Little Car Company is a two thirds scale version of the car driven by James Bond in Goldfinger. Albeit without a roof and without all the cool gadgets. The pint-sized DB is based on Aston Martin’s reference 3D scan of an original DB5 to ensure “complete accuracy and authenticity”. It even comes in the same Silver Birch colour as used on Bond’s famous ride.
The DB5 Junior is around 3m long, and 1.1m wide and is designed to easily accommodate an adult and a child side by side. This will allow different generations to share their love of driving. The ‘car’ is made using an aluminium honeycomb chassis and a composite body. This provides a very rigid platform whilst keeping it light with the total weight around 270kg. Powered by a 6.7 bhp electric drive train through the rear wheels, the DB5 Junior will hit 30mph at top speed.
The team at the Little Car Company wanted to ensure complete authenticity and as a result every DB5 Junior features the iconic Aston Martin winged badges as well as functional Smiths dials in the interior. Those dials have been smartly updated for the electric power train. The fuel gauge has been converted into a battery meter, while the oil temperature now monitors the motor temperature. Also, the same Smiths clock as seen in the original 1960s DB5 sits proudly in front of the passenger seat.
It’s not basic go-kart underneath. The DB5 Junior sits on double wishbone suspension at the front as per the original, with the roll centre and camber gain matching the original geometry. At the rear there is the period-correct live axle, with authentic upper and lower trailing arm suspension and Panhard rod.
All that electric power it put to the ground through 10” wire wheels complete with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, complemented by regenerative braking. The battery pack is removable and is stored under the opening bonnet. It gives 10-20 miles of driving range and a second battery can be added. The battery packs can be swapped for a replacement in a matter of seconds.
If 6.7 bhp simply isn’t enough for the young person in your life then you can opt for the Vantage version. Like it’s full size brother that received a significant performance bump when the Vantage version launched, the scale Vantage also has quite a bit more pep. The standard DB5 Junior has the three driving modes; Novice, Expert and Race which vary the power and performance of the car. On the top-spec Vantage version, there is also a fourth; called ‘Vantage mode’. It is operated by a hidden ‘missile’ switch which doubles the power output to 13.4bhp and increases the top speed to a “still unconfirmed level”.
Just like the real DB5, there will be 1059 of these made in total. Owners of the Junior will get automatic membership of the Aston Martin Owners Club and the ability to personalise their purchase with a range of options and accessories. Prices start at £35,000 plus local taxes with the Vantage version going up to £45,000 plus taxes. Hardly cheap but can you really put a price on your child looking this cool? Head over to their website for more details.