Top 5 Famous Cars Sold at Auction

Thursday, 26 September 2013

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me recently hit auction blocks, 24 years after it was discovered in a New York storage container. Specially designed for the 1977 film, the car is fully operational - but only underwater. We can't help but wonder whether the new owners will be seeking an insurance quote for a car... or submarine? Still, it’s not the first famous car to send motorists into a frenzy - take a look at these five iconic cars snapped up at auction.

1. The General Lee

Some say that the orange ’69 Dodge Charger was the real star of The Dukes of Hazzard, so it's no surprise the first model of the iconic car raised nearly £70,000 at auction. Despite being an original, the car was far from unique - according to insiders, 256 General Lees were put to the test throughout filming.

2. Ferris Bueller Ferrari replica

You’ll be glad to hear that no Ferraris were harmed in the making of Ferris Bueller. The famous plate glass window scene was filmed using replicas of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. The stunt car was nonetheless built for performance, boasting a 500 horsepower engine. It’s no wonder it recently sold at auction for nearly £150,000.

3. James Bond’s Aston Martin

Everyone has a favourite James Bond car, and if you're lucky, you might even find it at auction. Sotheby’s and RM Auctions joined forces to sell off the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger in 2010, raising a cool £2.9 million. It's a small price to pay to feel like James Bond.

4. The original Batmobile

Gritty remakes are all well and good, but when it comes to the Batmobile, the original is always best. The kitsch car was constructed for the Batman TV series in 1966, and although a number of replicas have been sold throughout the years, the real thing raised £2.6 million when it went to auction in January 2013.

5. Napoleon Dynamite van

Uncle Rico must have fallen on hard times. The bright orange 1975 Dodge Tradesman van from the cult classic film appeared on eBay a few years ago after changing hands numerous times. The new owner is giving the van the celebrity treatment it deserves - it's available to rent out for corporate events in Minnesota.

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