Couple Bought an Abandoned James Bond Sports Car from a Storage Unit for $100 and Sold it to Elon Musk for $1 Million

In 1989, a couple from Long Island, New York, joined a blind auction that changed their lives.

They paid $100 for an unclaimed storage unit. Inside, buried under an old blanket, was the 1976 Lotus Espirit sports car used in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

The couple had no idea how valuable their discovery was until truckers informed them via CB radio. Out of the eight cars used in the film, they got the "Wet Nellie." It was the car used for the underwater scene.

They decided to restore the vehicle and have it displayed in occasional exhibits.

In 2013, the couple decided to put it up for auction, sold for $997,000 to Elon Musk. The car was Musk's inspiration for Tesla's new Cybertruck.

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