Wednesday, September 11, 2013
James Bond's Lotus Esprit Sold for $986,000 at a London Auction
There are many people who dream of having a luxurious car, many people are able to fulfill those dreams but nothing compares to the James Bond's submarine care from "The Spy Who Loved Me". Roger Moore as 007 drove this Lotus Esprit in the famous 1977 film which could convert itself into a submarine.
Known as "Wet Nillie" during production the modified Esprit was displayed at many shows to promote the film after which it was stored on Long Island with the locker rent paid in advance for 10 years. When the lease expired the tenant couldn't be found and its contents were sold in a blind auction to a local couple for $100 in 1989. It was then restored and exhibited again.
This "fully functional" 007 lotus Esprit Submarine car was sold for $968,000 at an auction in London. The prop doesn't actually have wheels and isn't a real car (another car was used for the road shots), though it can be driven under water.