You may have seen shows like “Storage Wars,” where bidders try to find untold treasures in storage units purchased for short money. They do it for stories like this. One of the most famous James Bond cars, the submersible Lotus Esprit from “The Spy Who Loved Me” has been sitting in an NY storage container for years, and you won’t believe how much the shipping unit cost.
In 1989 a Long Island man paid $100 for a storage unit, and thought he had found a lemon in the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1, as the car had no wheels and a dented hood. It had no wheels, because it had been used in the filming of the Bond flick, and was once fitted with fins.
Not realizing what he had, the owner only became aware after clarification over CB radio chatter. According to the NY Post Report, car is now going to the RM Auction in London September 9. Early estimates have the crossing price in the neighborhood of $1 million.
It may not be the $4.6 million fetched by the 1964 Aston Martin from Goldfinger, but it is a find that is sure to change the life of the modest Long Island man who was unaware of the treasure in his unassuming storage unit.
Here was the Lotus Excel Submarine created by Top Gear as an homage to the original: