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Couple paid $100 for abandoned car they found in a storage unit—Elon Musk bought it from them for nearly $1 million

A couple paid $100 for this abandoned car they found in a storage unit. Years later, Elon Musk bought it from them for nearly $1 million. (via @CNBCMakeIt)

3.12.2019

A couple paid $100 for this abandoned car they found in a storage unit. Years later, Elon Musk bought it from them for nearly $1 million. (via CNBCMakeIt)

In 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid almost $1 million for a 1976 Lotus Esprit submarine car that was featured in the 1977 James Bond movie 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. Years after the film released, the car had been missing until discovered under blankets in an unclaimed storage unit by a couple in Long Island, New York.

used in the filming of the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me." In the movie, the sports car famously transforms into a submarine and fires missiles while underwater.

The sports car — one of eight used in the filming of the Roger Moore Bond movie, but the only one that operated in underwater scenes — had been put in the storage unit after filming and remained there, forgotten for more than a decade until the New York couple (who have remained anonymous) came along.

Actors Barbara Bach and Roger Moore, stars of the James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me," sit on the 1976 Lotus Esprit.

The husband later "went out and rented the movie on VHS and saw what he had," Redenius told NBC.

Redenius added in the 2013 interview that he had heard about the car's existence years after the couple started exhibiting it, and he sought them out. He authenticated the car with the original builders and put the couple in touch with RM Sotheby's, telling the couple before the auction that "'if [the car] sells for what we're hoping, that money will give you an opportunity to live very comfortably for the rest of your life.'"

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"I was disappointed to learn that 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," Musk told the auto blog Jalopnik in a statement in 2013.

Read more: CNBC

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