James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine
Recently, the famous James Bond submarine that appeared in "The Spy Who Loved Me" was purchased at auction by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
For $866,000 (or $920,167 according to some reports), Musk got a functioning sub. Actually, it's little more than a white Lotus Epirit with some fins glued on that's capable of moving underwater.
Right now, if deployed in the water, Musk's sub would reportedly function as a wet sub (meaning the driver would require a breathing apparatus).
Basically, it's a movie prop and nothing more. Heck, it can't even transform from car to sub, as it appears to do in the movie. And it will not move by itself on the pavement.
As Musk told the press:
"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."
Musk plans to fit the submarine with an electric Tesla motor and battery pack to make the Lotus a real-deal amphibious vehicle.
Obviously, Musk will have to dip into his own pocketbook to do this, but money is not a problem for one of America's richest entrepreneurs.
Will Musk be able to make it work for real? Has there ever been a project that he's set his mind to that hasn't come up aces?
Of note: This particular Lotus submarine was last purchased in 1989 for $100. It was at a blind storage container auction in Long Island where this piece of memorabilia fetched only $100. The lucky bidder handed it off to RM Auctions, who sold it on his or her behalf for the aforementioned $866,000 to Elon Musk. RM Auctions handled restoration of the prized Lotus.
Video (below) of 007 submarine car coming up for auction:
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