August 28, 2013 – One of the most loved James Bond cars of all time, the Lotus Esprit "submarine car," is up for sale!
The car was used in an underwater scene in the 1977 movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" that only lasted for 1 minute and 26 seconds! It will officially be up for auction at the RM Auction in London on September 9 and is expected to sell for between one and one-and-a-half million dollars!
Rumour has it that Lotus, a sports-car maker, heard that a new James Bond movie was being made and really wanted to be included in it. They knew how much marketing success past "Bond cars" like the Aston Martin DB5 had seen, and they wanted to join in and have their newest model, the Esprit, in the movie.
After Lotus and the movie company came to a deal Lotus gave them two vehicles with seven different body shells. Each shell had a different purpose. For example, one shell was used to show the wheels retracting and another was used to only show a surface-to-air missile launching.
One of those body shells was sealed and turned into a submarine by a marine engineering firm, and it is the "submarine car" that will soon be on sale!
While the car was supposed to look dry inside in the movie it was actually a "wet" submarine, meaning it was completely filled with water. It was operated by a scuba diver sitting inside the car who controlled its rear propellers and "drove" it underwater.