Sunday, 6 October 2013

James Bond Lotus brings $973k at auction

RM Auctions of Blenheim, Ontario, sold a white 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 in London on Monday for $973,000.

Bond fans may remember the Esprit from the 1977 film “The Spy Who Loved Me” as the franchise’s most distinctive hero car since the silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 of “Goldfinger.” Whereas the Aston Martin had low-tech modifications like machine guns and tire slashers, the Esprit could actually go underwater.
It’s not the first time that a serious Bond car has been sold at auction. In 2010, also in London, RM sold the holy grail of Bond cars, the only known remaining example of one of the on-screen Aston Martin DB5s from “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.”That car sold for more than $4.6 million.

Since sealing the car completely would have presented a nearly insurmountable challenge, Perry decided that the car would have to be a “wet” submersible, meaning that the passenger compartment filled with water when it was submerged. This gained the car the nickname “Wet Nellie.” An ex-Navy SEAL, Don Griffin, acted as the on-screen pilot of the sub, wearing full scuba gear (a far cry from the dry, cushy interior Mr. Bond and his lady of the hour enjoyed in the film).