The Tesla CEO shed light the unusual amphibious car design on Tuesday, June 12, at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting. Elon Musk said his electric car company designed an underwater car straight out of the 1977 James Bond film. The film, The Spy Who Loved Me, featured a custom-built Lotus Esprit capable of underwater dives. Mr Musk bought the original car used in the film in September 2013 for a grand sum of £550,000 at an auction house in Battersea, London.
The Tesla CEO said at the time he would convert the 007 car into a fully-functioning submarine, as seen in the film.
Now, six years later, Mr Musk teased an amphibious Tesla model when asked by a shareholder about the possibility of building an “aquatic car”.
He said: “It’s funny you should mention that. We do actually have a design for a submarine car, like the one from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me‘ – the Lotus that sort of turns into a sub.”
Unfortunately for Tesla fans, it is unlikely the car will hit mass production any time soon.
Mr Musk said: “You can actually have a submarine car – it’s technically possible.
“I think the market for this will be small. Small but enthusiastic.”
The Tesla CEO then suggested mass-producing an amphibious Tesla would be too “distracting”.
Mr Musk did, however, tease Tesla could build one as a “show car”.
The original submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me is known as the Wet Nellie, named after British actress Nellie Wallace.
The unusual vehicle debuted in the 1977 film and was constructed by Florida-based company Perry Oceanographic, Inc.
The Wet Nellie cost an estimated £78,000 ($100,000) to build but did not meet the typical requirements of a fully-functioning submarine.
Instead, the car is a so-called wet submarine, meaning its interior is flooded when the car dives into water.
The car’s driver has to wear scuba diving gear when behind the wheel but the car’s shape, fins and motors allow it to swim underwater.
At least six different Esprit models were constructed for The Spy Who Loved Me.
The 1977 film features actor Roger Moore in the role of the world-famous spy.
The film was the third in the long-running series to feature Moore in the iconic role of James Bond.