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Bond Submarine Car Up for Auction

Monday, July 15, 2013

The legend of James Bond continues with the 007 Lotus Esprit Series 1 up for auction. Better known as the “Submarine Car” featured in the 1977 movie entitled The Spy Who Loved Me,  the car is going up for auction in London.  Sponsored by RM Auctions, the once in a lifetime sale is set to take place on both the 8th and 9th of September. As one of the most famous movie cars of all time, the car was designed specifically for the film’s underwater scene.

Based in Florida, Perry Oceanographic built the fully functional self-propelled submarine. The car was built using a total of 6 Esprit shells used throughout the movie.  Although the role of James Bond was played by actor Roger Moore, Don Griffin drove the vehicle during filming in the Bahamas. A former Navy SEAL, he used motorized propellers and levered steering mechanisms to drive the “submarine.”

After filming, the car was put in a storage unit for 10 years in Long Island, N.Y.  In 1989, when the storage unit rent went delinquent, the storage container was auctioned off without potential buyers knowing its content. A couple purchased the unit for a small sum of money and were shocked when they came across the iconic car inside.  The couple mostly kept the car a mystery, only appearing a few times at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. There is no predicting how much this piece of Bond History will sell for, however the car cost over $100,000 to build. This translates to $400,000 today. The bidding is rumored to reach seven figures, but there is no price tag to value the legend of James Bond.

Visit the Vehlux YouTube Channel to see more of the 007 Lotus Esprit Series 1 in Action

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