The Ferrari will be the first to be auctioned. It will appear at the Mecum auction taking place between August 15 and 17 at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
It is a replica designed to resemble a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder and three of them were built for filming of the movie. It comes powered by a 7.0-liter Ford V-8 and its last owner was one of the men who helped build it, Neil Glassmoyer of Modena Design and Development.
The car is in good working condition and should be a hoot to drive considering it weighs just 2,650 pounds and has around 500 horsepower on tap.
The Lotus, meanwhile, will be sold at an RM auction taking place in London between September 8 and 9. It is an Esprit Series 1 and can still dive underwater. Only one example was built for the movie, by Perry Oceanographic of Florida, and it had an original cost of about $100k.
Interestingly, after its filming duties, the car was kept in a storage unit in Long Island for around 10 years, hidden away under blankets. Once the storage contract expired, the unit was put up ‘blind’ for public auction and a local couple paid a small fee to take ownership not knowing what would be lying under all the blankets.
After positive authentication, the Lotus was shown occasionally but mostly kept closely under wraps, until now.
It’s not clear how much the cars will go for, but we’ve seen top dollar paid for movie cars in the past. The original television series Batmobile in January sold for $4.2 million and in April the Ford Mustang ‘Eleanor’ from 2000's Gone In 60 Seconds sold for a million dollars.
Submersible Lotus Esprit from James Bond flick ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’