James Bond’s Submarine Car Up For Auction [Pics]
The only operational submersible commercial car, 007's Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me will on auction this fall.
After spending years in storage and out of the public eye, the Lotus Esprit car-cum-submarine used in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me will be up for auction in London this September.
The fully submersible car, created for the Roger Moore flick, was built with motorized propellers and a levered steering mechanism to perform scenes underwater. It cost $100,000 to make (around $400,000 today), but when filming wrapped, the car was left in a storage container until 1989. Left forgotten, the contents of the container were auctioned off, sight unseen, to a local couple and has remained with the private owners, out of public attention since.