Submarine car from Bond films sells for $968,000

September 13, 2013 12:00 AM

A vehicle featured in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" recently sold at an auction for $968,000. The iconic automobile is just the latest Bond ride to change hands, but this classic car is making waves - literally - for a more unique reason. 

The Lotus Esprit grew famous after the 1977 film, in which Bond actor Roger Moore drove the automobile into the sea. At that point it converted to a submarine, saving Bond while also dealing with some of his enemies in a typically smooth - and unexpected - fashion. 

"No Bond car has ever done anything as outrageous onscreen as transform itself into a submarine; none except for this Lotus in the epic 'The Spy Who Loved Me,'" the lot description read. "... So when the Lotus is fired off a jetty into the sea, the audience was stunned and captivated." 

According to The Telegraph, the Lotus is still fully operational underwater. However, it has been sitting in a storage room for decades, so the lucky driver may want to take it in for a car tune up to make sure everything is working properly before submerging the vehicle. 

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