James Bond's transforming Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me
is up on the auction block again
, so if you've got $175,000 and an appreciation for the Giugiaro-designed 1976 Lotus Esprit we recommend booking a flight to London next month for the Bonhams auction. What makes the Esprit so famous is that, at the touch of a button in the film, it turned into a submarine
. We're fairly certain the Lotus up for auction, though from the film, will not actually turn into a submersible. If you want one of those you'll have to wait for the Rinspeed sQuba
or invest in a blue screen. Happy bidding. Hit the jump for "official" specs on the Esprit from the movie.
Specs White Lotus Esprit, number plate "PPW 306R", with the following modifications: Submarine Features *Retractable wheels, with extendable covers to protect the wheel cavity *Retractable fins and rudders for underwater steering *Convertible dashboard to double as a submarine control system *Radar and Nautical guidance equipment *Metal blinds for rear window *Four retractable propeller units at the rear of the car Weapons & Defence *Surface-to-air missiles *Underwater mines *Oil-slick sprayer for underwater camouflage *Rear mounted concrete sprayers *Harpoons for underwater combat *Self destruct system *TV Monitor and closed-circuit camera *Periscope[Gridcrasher , Photo Credit: qv500