Tesla CEO revealed as owner of James Bond submarine car, wants to make it the real deal

October 18, 2013 12:00 AM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been revealed as the buyer of the submarine car used in the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me." The car was purchased in September in an auction, but, as customary, the buyer was not revealed immediately. As reported by car site Jalopnik and other news outlets, Musk revealed himself as the owner, and says he wants to do more than own the car: He wants to make a movie magic dream a reality. 

"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," Musk tells USA Today. "I was disappointed to learn 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."

It is unclear just how far Musk plans to go with his submarine plans. All that is certain is that the auto repair on the sleek Lotus will have to be extensive to make the end result true to the Bond flick. Although, if anybody can do that kind of tune up, it would be Tesla co-founder Elon Musk. 

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