Bonhams to Sell James Bond’s Lotus Esprit at Olympia

With 007-fever sweeping London, it’s worth remembering that Bond was not exclusively an Aston man, spending some time under the waves at the wheel of a white Esprit.

The famous ‘amphibious’ Lotus starred alongside Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. Two cars were used for filming and Bonhams will sell one, estimated at £100,000 – 120,000, at its London Olympia auction on 1st December.

The Bond car is one of 98 motor cars in the sale – full preview to come on Classic Driver.

Also on the Bond front, the registration number ‘AU 1’ (fitted to Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III) will be included in the Olympia catalogue. It was the first registration issued in Nottingham, the significance of AU being - as all our chemistry students will know – that it's the symbol for gold in the Periodic Table.

It is likely to sell for more than £80,000.

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Classic Driver

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