After some sleuthing, CNBC has revealed the mad story behind a car Elon Musk bought in 2013, which ended up inspiring the new Tesla Cybertruck. It’s a tale involving James Bond, a $100 storage lot, and one lucky couple that made almost one million dollars in profit. And it goes as follows.
Back in 1989, a couple from Long Island reportedly bought an unclaimed storage unit for $100, despite having no idea about what was inside. Much to their surprise, the unit contained a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car, which turned out to be the same vehicle from the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me.
In the film, the car — nicknamed “Wet Nillie” — famously turned into a submarine and fired missiles underwater. Watch it in action in the clip below.
After finding out what they’d managed to bag for such a cheap price — which took a while as they’d never seen a Bond film — the couple then decided to restore the car and display it at several exhibits, before finally auctioning it off in 2013. It was then sold at RM Sotheby’s to a secret buyer for $997,000. That buyer, of course, turned out to be Tesla CEO, Elon Musk.
Unveiled back in November, the Tesla Cybertruck draws inspiration from a number of other iconic Hollywood cars, such as the ones featured in Blade Runner and Back to the Future.