Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lotus Esprit to be Auctioned

This Underwater Car Could Be Yours!

Lotus Esprit S1 Turbo
Lotus Esprit sailing underwater in "The Spy Who Loved Me."
Most James Bond fans recall the famous Lotus Esprit S1 Turbo that Roger Moore drove into the ocean in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me." While Barbara Bach quivered in the passenger seat, Moore calmly flipped a few switches and the car turned into a submarine. It was one of the most epic stunts in the entire James Bond film series if not all of filmdom.

Lotus Esprit S1 Turbo
Another view of the Lotus Esprit underwater.
One of the cars - the very one in the above photograph, in fact - was found in a Long Island storage locker - you know, like the ones seen in "Storage Wars." Some guy who knew nothing about James Bond or the Lotus bought the contents of an abandoned storage locker, and what would you know, inside was the Lotus. It sounds hard to believe, but apparently, it's true.

Lotus Esprit S1 Turbo
The Lotus emerges from the ocean.
The Lotus is to be auctioned off on September 9, 2013, at RM Auctions in London, England. It is expected to fetch in the neighborhood of $1 million.

UPDATE: Elon Musk bought it. I guess he's a reader here!