23. That’s the number of James Bond films that have been made since the franchise opened with Dr. No in 1962. Of the lot, it’s safe to say that two cars have really made a major splash (puns!) for fans more than others: One being the Aston Martin DB5 used mainly by Sean Connery in 1964 and 1965, of course, and the Lotus Esprit Series 1 ‘Submarine’ car used in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), driven by Roger Moore.
Though the Aston may have already found a home, recently fetching a handsome $4.6M, you can now own the original ‘Wet Nellie’ Lotus from the film courtesy of RM Auctions. It’s there for the bidding, it’s just going to cost you.
Originally built by Oceanographic, a Riviera Beach, Florida-based company, the original cost of the Lotus was somewhere in the market of $100,000 back in 1977. With other factors in play, RM suggests that the custom Esprit should be valued at or near $500,000. That doesn’t include all the historical screen time that this Lotus racked up.
The classic movie ride will hit the auction block at RM Auctions in London, September 8-9. Watch it in action, in this scene from The Spy Who Loved Me below: