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Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car to go on auction block

If the onset of the rainy season has made you think of buying a water-wading SUV soon, then we suggest you consider one such vehicle that will keep running even when it's completely submerged: James Bond's Lotus Esprit Series 1 'Submarine' Car.

Used in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me, with Roger Moore in the starring role, this Esprit is one of the film franchise's most iconic vehicles. To be offered by RM Auctions at its Battersea Park auction on September 8 and 9, the vehicle is the one and only fully functioning car specially designed and built for the film's underwater sequence seen on screen in the 1977 film.

Developed from one of six Esprit body shells used in the making of the film, the car is a fully operational, self-propelled 'submarine' built by Perry Oceanographic. The vehicle is supposedly operated by utilizing its motorized propellers, while maneuvering it was done with levered steering mechanisms.

"We have a great track record in selling incredible and iconic movie cars, and this particular Lotus is certainly up there among the most famous cars of all time," said RM Auctions Europe managing director Max Girardo. "Over the years, millions of moviegoers have stared in awe as the Lotus transformed itself into a submarine, and now, perhaps one of them will have an opportunity to own it."

If you think you can't afford James Bond's car, you can always do what Richard Hammond did to a Lotus Excel in a Top Gear James Bond special.


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