BOND ESPRIT UP FOR GRABS

SOMETIMES AN AMPHICAR JUST WON'T CUT IT

THEREíS BOND memorabilia and then thereís this, one of three Lotus Esprit props used during the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me. Itís not the functional sub, nicknamed Wet Nellie, thatís currently being morphed into an actual functional underwater car by Tesla boss and mad genius Elon Musk.

Instead itís one of six Esprit props built and used in the film, with only Muskís being a drivable underwater sub.

There are three remaining in existence. This one is the retractable wheel version that appeared onscreen.

This static piece underwent a complete overhaul on the reality show American Restoration, and features the folding wheels on the left side, and the underwater fins on the right.

Itís been up for sale a couple of times, most notably in a 2014 eBay sale, again for the same $1m USD that Dr Evil charged to spare the world in Austin Powers. There were no takers then for a car that was once referred to as the only Lotus that doesnít leak, so it's back on sale again. If it's still a bit rich for your tastes, look out for a big Esprit splash here in Unique Cars soon.