What does James Bond have in common with… Long Island? That's where 007's Lotus Esprit submarine car featured in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me was found.
The iconic car was discovered in 1989 after a gentleman purchased a mysterious storage container at an auction. The Daily Mail indicates that the production company most likely left the vehicle in storage for 10 years. Once the lease on the unit was up, no one came to retrieve the box's contents. The man who purchased the unit had no idea what the car actually was and had never seen a James Bond movie. The buyer assumed he wasted 100 bucks on a car with no wheels and a dented roof. Eventually someone tipped him off to its origin. Minds were blown.
After its authenticity was confirmed, the man showed it off from time to time but has kept it under wraps until he was prompted to put the Esprit up for auction on September 9. It's estimated to take home several million dollars. In The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond (Roger Moore) rides the Lotus through a long chase sequence, and we see it convert to a submarine for an underwater getaway. A man named Don Griffin (a retired navy SEAL) actually drove the Lotus for those sequences. The car is one of the greatest vehicles and gadgets in Bond history.