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Elon Musk bought James Bond’s car for 1 million dollars

Elon Musk spent nearly $1 million on a movie prop car. This is the Lotus Esprit S1 used in the 1977 film of the same name. The spy who loved me.

The Lotus Esprit S1 is both a sophisticated road car and a submarine. It’s also the design of the Lotus Esprit S1 hybrid that won over Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He bought it for about a million dollars. It is during the shooting of the film. The spy who loved me The machine got its permanent name, Wet Nellie. This nickname is a nod to the autogyro, hence the semi-Car, centerThe helicopter is called Little Nellie. The latter appeared in another Bond film, You only live twice.

Accidental history

First, let’s go back to the sales history of this vehicle. In the year In 1989, a Long Island couple bought a storage unit for the low price of $100. After a bit of tidying up, there they found Wet Nelly buried under a pile of blankets, Autoblog says. Only, not being big fans of James Bond movies, the couple thought they had simply found a “mad scientist” car. It wasn’t until they caught up with her on the way home that a trucker told them of the treasure in their hands.


In the year In 2014, the couple prepared to prepare the vehicle for auction. In 2013, a buyer picked it up at RM Sotheby’s for $997,000. Note that the car is not being driven and is only used as a movie prop. By then, the film’s production had modified the vehicle by removing the wheels, changing the bodywork, and making it underwater. The machine had four battery powered turbines.

According to CNBC, Elon Musk later revealed that he was the buyer of the stock and is the new owner. He plans to equip the underwater car with “Tesla electric power” and can change it in real life. Another story, the hybrid vehicle even inspired the Tesla Cybertruck.

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