Own James Bond’s Lotus Submarine Car for $1 Million
Are you a James Bond fanatic? Have you seen 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me an unhealthy number of times? If so, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this bit of 007 memorabilia – Bond’s own 1977 Lotus Esprit submarine car. It’s claimed to be one of only three surviving Lotus prop cars used during filming, though if you want to bring this nostalgia home, it’s going to cost you quite a lot. It’s currently advertised on eBay for a staggering – raises right pinky finger to mouth – “one million dollars.” Sorry, I had to. PHOTOS: Dive deep with the original 1978 Lotus Esprit S1
As you are sure to remember, the mini-sub Lotus debuted its submersible skills during a chase scene that saw Bond escape gunfire from a helicopter by driving straight off a pier and into the drink. Up went the wheels and out came the fins – one of the quintessential Bond scenes.
Sadly, there are a few downsides to this car; mainly that it isn’t road legal. That probably has something to do with its creation as a prop car, though it certainly isn’t helped by the fact that it lacks an engine and appears to reside atop a plinth.
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Those bits aside, it’s about as cool as ordering a martini shaken not stirred. The Lotus packs a visual punch with its hood-mounted torpedo launchers, lateral wheel-well fins, and rear propellers. The seller notes that Rick Dale, star of History’s American Restoration, recently restored the Esprit to current condition, and it has been on display in Las Vegas ever since.
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