Bond fans, start counting up the pennies in your piggy banks - you'll only need 100,000,000 of them to afford this modified Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me that's shown up on eBay.
Only 6 Lotuses (Loti? How do you pluralise a Lotus?) were used for the 1977 classic, and only three remain in existence today. Although all 6 cars were modified to be water-ready, only one was actually capable of submersion, the 'hero car' known as Wet Nellie that you see in the bulk of the Lotus' underwater scenes:
Naturally, Elon Musk owns Wet Nellie - he bought it at auction for roughly $1,000,000 last year, and intends to convert it into a fully functioning submarine car, using his Tesla drive, because of course he does he's Elon Bloody Musk.
The Lotus on sale from Hot Rod City Las Vegas is the car that was made for the moment the Lotus' wheels flip up into the main body and reveal the fins of the car's submarine mode, and has been restored - so it's not actually driveable, or useable as a submarine. It's a very large, white brick basically. Oh, but it's a beautiful white brick.
The auction's got little over a day left on it, and I doubt it'll sell considering the price is only what Wet Nellie fetched, and this is a lesser version of the prop - but still, it's nice to have a gander, isn't it? Especially as it's from The Spy Who Loved Me, which:
- Has the best Bond in it
- Has the best Bond car
- Has the best Bond Theme
- Has the best Bond henchman
- Has the best Villain's lair
- Has the best end battle scene
What I'm basically saying here is that The Spy Who Loved Me is the best James Bond movie of all time, and I WILL FIGHT* ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH ME.
*no I won't, I'm a pasty, nerdy white guy who can barely sarcasm his way out of a paper bag, let alone punch his way out of one. I WILL STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH YOU THOUGH.
You can see a few more pictures of the Lotus and follow the auction over on eBay.
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