James Bond Lotus Sub Goes For $968,000


For a famous Hollywood car that can't even be driven, someone was still willing to spend big to have it.

Last June it was announced the iconic James Bond Lotus Esprit that turned into a submarine was heading to auction. The Series I Esprit was driven by Roger Moore in the Bond flick "The Spy Who Loved Me," a venue that further helped to increase the then new sports car’s popularity. And now it has just sold at auction for the princely sum of $968,000. But here’s the thing: this Esprit doesn’t even have wheels. In fact, it’s not even a real car. A real Esprit was used for the road shots.

Nicknamed “Wet Nellie” while on the set, the car/submarine was fitted with mechanically operated enclosures that reveal the missile launchers in the front, a smoke screen exhaust out back, and even a mine hatch on the bottom. After production on the film was completed, "Wet Nellie" was put on display at various auto shows to help promote the movie, before going into storage at a Long Island, New York, facility for around a decade. When the storage lease expired, the original tenant couldn’t be found, so the Esprit was sold at auction. A couple reportedly bought it for less than $100, despite having cost over $100,000 to construct.

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Aside from some roof damage, the Esprit was in remarkably great shape. It was later resold and restored, and then went on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum for a period of time. Now it has a new owner, but we have no idea what his/her plans are for it. All we know is that they're not driving it anywhere. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.

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