Iconic James Bond Lotus Esprit “Submarine” Goes Under the Hammer
The fully functioning “submarine” car was built by Perry Oceanographic in Florida and operated by retired US Navy SEAL Don Griffin in the famous movie that featured Roger Moore as James Bond. Developing the 007 Esprit cost $100,000 back in the 1970s, the equivalent to nearly $500,000 today. The vehicle was mostly kept in storage until now, being shown occasionally at several events since 1989.
RM Auction also sold the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” movies for an astounding £2.9 million (€3.4 million / $4.4 million) in 2010.
“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!" said Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions Europe.