Look at the Lotus submarine that inspired Elon Musk on CybertruckDecember 6, 2019
Long before the Tesla pickup appeared, Musk paid a million dollars for this Esprit.
In the wake of the discussion of the radical design of the Tesla Cybertruck pickup truck, foreign journalists recalled the story of the Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1977 James Bond movie Spy Who Loved Me. Elon Musk bought this car back in 2013 for almost a million dollars, although the former owner of the Esprit went for only $ 100.
Lotus Esprit, who was nicknamed “Wet Nelly” on the set in honor of actress Nelly Wallis, was transformed in the film into a “submarine” with missile launchers. By the way, Agent 007’s gyroplane from another part of the Bondian, “You Only Live Twice” (1967), was also named after Wallis. That device received the nickname “Little Nelly.”
As for the Esprit, it really could move under water. In fact, it was the so-called wet sub, an underwater vehicle without a dry cabin for the crew, which was driven by four screw propellers. After completing the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me, the unique car was sent to a warehouse in Los Angeles, where it was gathering dust until the end of the 1980s.
In 1989, during a “blind” auction, a married couple from Los Angeles bought the entire warehouse for only $ 100. What was their surprise when, among other things, the cult “Wet Nelly” was discovered.
With Esprit, the owners broke up only in 2013. They put the car up for auction, which won Elon Musk – he, as a big fan of Bond, did not regret paying $ 997,000 for the car.
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Later in an interview with Jalopnik, the head of Tesla stated that he was “disappointed that this Esprit cannot really transform.” “I am going to create an electric power plant that would allow cars to turn into submarines in fact,” he promised then. Until Musk brought this idea to life, he borrowed a wedge-shaped body shape for the Cybertruck pickup truck from Esprit.
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