James Bond's underwater car up for auction

Save your shekels for a chance to own a piece of James Bond history: 007's Lotus Esprit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me.

Save your shekels for a chance to own a piece of James Bond history: 007's Lotus Esprit submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me.

(Credit: RM Auctions)

Although the Aston Martin DB5 is the most famous of the cars driven by James Bond, who could forget Wet Nellie, the 1976 Series 1 Lotus Esprit that was converted into a fully functioning submarine?

Making a magnificent appearance in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, Wet Nellie (as the vehicle was dubbed on-set) doesn't function as a car. Instead, a Lotus Esprit shell houses a functioning wet submarine built by the since-closed-down submersible manufacturer Perry Oceanographics — a conversion that cost around US$100,000, which is approximately US$500,000 today.

After the film, Nellie was shipped off to storage, where she languished in obscurity until 1989, when she was put up for a blind public auction. Since then, she's made few appearances. Now, she's set to change hands again under the hammer of RM Auctions, the same auction house that sold Goldfinger's Aston Martin DB5 in 2010 for £2.9 million (AU$4.77 million).

An RM Auctions spokeswoman told the BBC that Wet Nellie is expected to fetch over £500,000 (AU$822,570).

The auction will be held in Battersea, London, on 8-9 September. That's enough time to start saving, right?

(Credit: RM Auctions)
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