Sunday, October 20, 2013

Lotus Esprit Bought By Elon Musk

James Bond Lotus Esprit submarine car
Lotus Esprit.

PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk purchased the submarine-car prop Lotus Esprit from "The Spy Who Loved Me" for $866,000 in a September auction and plans to turn it into a working electric-powered submarine-car.

Musk said:
"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater. I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."

Well, anyway, good luck with that. And, better luck for the common Joe in New York who found the car abandoned in a storage locker, bought it for $100, and brought it home with him back in the '80s.

James Bond Lotus Esprit submarine car