After almost 60 years, ZF Tradition has replicated this transmission on behalf of Aston Martin Lagonda - for the authentic reproduction of 25 original "Goldfinger" DB5’s with a selection of special James Bond gadgets.
Janine Vogler Vintage cars related to ZF-products have been at the heart of the journalist. Outside of work, she enjoys to ride motor bike or to be accompanied in nature by her dog.
When the long-awaited James Bond film "No Time to Die" comes to the cinemas shortly, probably the most famous movie car in the world will be on display again: the Silver Birch colored Aston Martin DB5 - complete with ZF transmission. After almost 60 years, ZF Tradition has replicated this transmission on behalf of Aston Martin Lagonda - for the authentic reproduction of 25 original "Goldfinger" DB5’s with a selection of special James Bond gadgets. The vehicles were manufactured by Aston Martin based on pre-orders from collectors and for charity.
"Goldfinger" – the film is perhaps one of the best known of all James Bond films, and by association, the iconic silver-colored Aston Martin DB5. The film name was chosen by the manufacturer for their reproduction program. ZF Tradition also ran their transmission reproduction program under the same name - a secret mission, of course.
The fact that the S5-325 manual five-speed sports transmission is made by ZF is perhaps not so well known. However, for decades, ZF and Aston Martin have been in successful cooperation - the British sports car manufacturer is one of the global technology company’s oldest customers.
ZF began reproduction activities for historic automobiles back in 2008, with some tricky projects already successfully carried out.
Old history – new remanufactured: ZF S5-325 for Aston Martin DB5.
However, an historic sports transmission on behalf of Aston Martin Lagonda - for the exclusive, authentic reproduction of the film’s famous car was definitely special: All 280 individual parts were made according to the original design but manufactured using the latest technology. For example, the gearshift tower was manufactured using 3D printing techniques - at the ZF plant in Pilsen. As a special ‘movie gadget’, the shift lever was modified: A two millimeter bore was drilled through the shift lever to accommodate a cable and the shift knob features a flap that lifts to reveal a push-button – a simulated ejector seat - for that real James Bond feeling.
Tolerance meeting on the historic drawing board.
Consideration and testing of the individual components.
Assembly and shifting through in the workshop area.
Shift finger package of the ZF S5-325.
Precise measurement when assembling the parts is essential.
Smooth: At the end, the transmission is shifted through.
Installed in countless super-sports cars of its time, ZF's S5-325 was and is still, very popular among sports drivers. Since all five forward gears are lock-synchronized, even inexperienced drivers without dual clutches can perform a fast, safe, and silent gear change when shifting up. Up to 400 newton meters of permissible torque can be achieved depending on the ratio.
In the original "Goldfinger" novel, James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III. However, as the film was made half a decade later, the model current at the time of filming was used – this was the DB5. The association with the film made the brand and the model known worldwide. Nevertheless, the DB5 was built for only two years, from 1963 to 1965. While the first version with 286 PS offered the five-speed transmission as an option, it was offered as standard in the Vantage, with 330 PS. The S5-325 proved itself in such a way that Aston Martin engineers relied on it for the model’s successor, the DB6. In the later DBS models, a S5-24/2 brought power to the road followed by ZF's S5-24/3 in the Vantage, Volante V8 and Virage models.
Almost as beautiful as the DB5 is the following model DB6.
Seeing a DB5 or DB6 in motion is very rare even on rallies.
Gentlemen Driver: The noble cockpit of a DB6.
DB stands for David Brown, who took over Aston Martin in 1947.
The ZF Tradition team will certainly remember this project and the Bond film for a very long time as common wear parts of the S5-325, as well as transmission overhauls and repairs are offered for this transmission and also for other makes and models where the transmission is installed. Other parts can also be reproduced on request – as part of a secret mission, of course...