Next month RM Auctions will lift the gavel on the one and only functional submarine car, a Lotus Esprit Series 1, used in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The car has never been offered for sale.
This famous Bond car, known as Wet Nellie on the set, was used to incredible effect in the film The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore. Like all the best Bond cars, the Lotus was a veritable war chest of weaponry and gadgetry.
The car was built by Perry Oceanographic, based in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions, Europe, says: “We have a great track record in selling incredible and iconic movie cars, and this particular Lotus is certainly up there amongst the most famous cars of all time. Over the years, millions of moviegoers have stared in awe as the Lotus transformed itself into a submarine, and now, perhaps one of them will have an opportunity to own it. Her Majesty’s Secret Service aside, it surely is the ultimate beach accessory!”
The Lotus Submarine Car is expected to fetch a minimum of $700,000.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.