The James Bond Vehicle Library

Lotus Esprit

19/08 2001, updated 09/10 2011   by JH & PS

Lotus Esprit

Lotus Esprit
The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977
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The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977
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The Lotus Esprit ranks with the Aston Martin DB5, as a truly classic Bond vehicle. It was nicknamed 'Wet Nellie' after Bond's autogyro 'Little Nellie' from 'You Only Live Twice'.

Bond's Esprit was highly armed, and it could travel underwater at a relatively high speed.

Six different 'Shells' & 'Models' were used to perform the Land to Sea transformation, and a empty shell with a diver in a wetsuit acted underwater. Today one of these six vehicles is owned by 'The Ian Fleming Foundation'.

Technical Data

  • Manufacturer: Lotus (UK)
  • Model: Esprit
  • Year: 1977
  • Engine: 2,0L 16V Inline 4-cyl DOH (S1 1.973 cc, S3 2.174cc)
  • Power: 140 bhp
  • Transmission: 5-Speed
  • Steering: Rack & pinion
  • Brakes: Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
  • Unladen weight: 1.066 kg (2.350 lbs)
  • Performance: Max. speed 135 mph
    0 - 60: 9,2 sec.
  • Colour: white
  • Numberplate: PPW 306R


  • Able to transform to a submarine
  • Periscope
  • Torpedoes
  • Surface-to-air missile
  • Deptcharges (mines)
  • Smokescreen (both land and sea)

Sources and Links

The Essential Bond, Lee Pfeiffer & Dave Worrall, Boxtree, 2000, page 110.


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