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Tesla CEO plans to turn James Bond submarine car into real car

Tesla CEO plans to turn James Bond submarine car into real car

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Oct 18, 2013

The man who bought the submarine car prop from the 1970s James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" is planning on turning it into a real car.

The prop was purchased by Telsa Motors CEO Elon Musk. He purchased the car body at an auction in September for $989,000.

According to USA Today, he is planning to convert the prop into a real car with a Tesla electric powerplant.

The car site made the revelation yesterday that Musk was the buyer, whose identity had been unknown until then.

Super spy James Bond drove the Lotus Esprit off of a pier into the ocean in the movie.

The car disappeared after the movie but was found in a storage unit in 1989 by a Long Island contractor. He had purchased the unit for just $100.

The car was authenticated several times before the auction in early September.

This is not the first James Bond car to be auctioned.

Perhaps the most famous car -- an Aston martin D85 that was driven in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" -- sold in 2010 for $4.1 million to an American businessman.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to