WEALTHY ENTREPRENEUR Elon Musk has invested in a James Bond car that he intends to turn into the submarine vehicle it was in The Spy Who Loved Me.
The white Lotus Esprit has been a favourite of James Bond fans, and now Musk plans make it realise the dream that the movie scriptwriters had for it.
Listed by auction company RM Motors as a "Unique 007 James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Car" when it went on sale in September, the vehicle raised £616,000. This is quite a leap from the sub £100 it cost a lucky storage locker buyer a few years before.
"The one-off submersible prop was presented in excellent, complete condition and represented an important piece of film memorabilia. In an excited sale room, which contained numerous bidders keen to take advantage of this unique opportunity, the vehicle ultimately went to an anonymous telephone bidder," said the auction house.
Until now we did not know who had bought it, but we now understand that it was Elon Musk, the man who we thought was Tony Stark but must actually be Bond, James Bond.
In statements, Musk has confirmed his investment and his plans for the car. "It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater," he said, according to a report at Jalopnik.com.
"I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real." µ
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