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Lotus's Wild Wedge of a Car Could Be Your Next Best Investment

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The white 1976 Lotus Esprit car from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. 

The white 1976 Lotus Esprit car from the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me

Photographer: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe

Quick: What do Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, and Roger Moore have in common? Answer: They each drove a Lotus Esprit in a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

The sexy British wedge won generations of admirers in Basic Instinct, Pretty Woman, and, especially, in Moore’s The Spy Who Loved Me, when James Bond drove a white Lotus Esprit Series 1 in an epic chase along the Sardinian coast and then transformed it into a torpedo-firing submarine when he took it underwater.