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Bond's Aston overpowers Austin; It has grace, speed and power - men and women are united in thinking 007's silver seducer is the sexiest car to hit the screen.

Byline: Catrin Williams

FOR decades film stars have been revving up engines with the slick cars they drive.

But now James Bond's gadget-clad Aston Martin DB5 has been voted the sexiest-ever car to hit our screens, narrowly beating Austin Powers's E-type Jaguar, known as the Shaguar.

The car driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball has shot to pole position in a new top 10 of the foxiest four wheels in film.

Men and women united in thinking that a date in the stylish silver seducer with smoke screens, ejectable seats, .30-calibre twin machine guns, revolving number plates and tyre cutters to boot would end in romance.

Last seen in 1995's Goldeneye with present 007 Pierce Brosnan behind the wheel, it won more than a third of the vote beating favourites such as Steve McQueen's Bullitt car, the Batmobile and Greased Lightning.

``It's not surprising because it has grace, space, power and line - it was Sean's car and he and the car went together,'' says Richard Sargeant, an Aston Martin sales director at upmarket Cardiff garage Paramount.

``It is absolutely beautiful, wonderful in fact. The silver shows off its seductive lines.

``With Aston Martins the lines have to look aggressive to the male audience and feline to the female.''

Investing in the 30-year-old model's guaranteed pulling power, however, will now set a you back a cool pounds 80,000 to pounds 150,000.

The Shaguar - yeah, baby, yeah - surges forth into second place, unsurprising again when it harks back to the '60s, the decade of free love, say many. The scarlet Ferrari California 250GT in the cult 1980s film Ferris Bueller's Day Off won hearts too for willingly playing away with actor Matthew Broderick on the freeways of downtown Chicago.

Greased Lightning, the T-Birds' infamous black convertible, ranks fourth for fulfilling teenage dreams of burning rubber and high school gang rivalry in Grease. How could Olivia Newton-John resist John Travolta, aka Danny, going all out to prove he was her man? She couldn't.

In the classic 1968 Peter Yates movie Bullitt, Steve McQueen played an all-guts, no glory San Francisco cop determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed a witness in his protection.

The most curvaceous city in the world proved there is no sexier place to hold a car chase.

At number six find the Italian Job's Mini Cooper scooting about the streets of Turin en masse helping Michael Caine win the day.

``The film was made with reference to the 1966 World Cup and you notice how everyone here is reminiscing about the '60s,'' said Mr Sargeant, a luxury car specialist.

But there are a few surprises in the rest of the Sky Movies top 10 with the De Lorean belonging to Back to the Future's mad scientist ranked seventh, the most adorable VW in the world at nine.

And the Ghostbusters' Ambulance, a late '50s Cadilac model, slips in at Number 10.

``That's pure nostalgia again - people cannot afford not to love it so that was very clever placement in a film,'' said Mr Sargeant.

Style Top 10

1 James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 (1964) - 35%.

2 Austin Powers's Shaguar (1997,1999, 2002) - 13%.

3 Ferris Bueller's GT250 (1986) - 12%. 4 Greased Lightning (1978) - 9%.

5 Steve McQueen's `Bullit' Car (1968) - 9%.

6 Italian Job Mini Cooper (1969) - 6%. 7 Marty McFly's Time Machine (1985, 1989, 1990) - 6%.

8 Batmobile (1989, 1992, 1995, 1997) - 5%.

9 Herbie (1966) - 3%. 10 Ghostbuster's Ambulance (1984) - 2%.

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