James Bond submarine car to be auctioned

Distinctive-looking vehicle was designed for the underwater scene in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me

The James Bond submarine car, used in the Spy Who Loved Me, which goes up for sale today.  The distinctive-looking vehicle, which is said to be fully operational, was designed for the underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007. Photograph: PA

The James Bond submarine car, used in the Spy Who Loved Me, which goes up for sale today. The distinctive-looking vehicle, which is said to be fully operational, was designed for the underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007. Photograph: PA

Mon, Sep 9, 2013, 09:27

James Bond fans with some serious cash to burn have the chance to get their hands on the submarine car used in The Spy Who Loved Me when it comes up for auction today.

The Lotus Esprit, which has never before been offered for sale, is expected to fetch between £650,000 (€772,000) and £950,000 (€1.29 million).

The distinctive-looking vehicle, which is said to be fully operational, was designed for the underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore as 007. It will go under the hammer at RM Auctions in Battersea, south London.

Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions Europe, said: “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 movie-goers 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.”

PA