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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 11:56 AM

Couple paid $100 for abandoned car they found in a storage unit--Elon Musk bought for a million

Talk about blind luck !!

In 1989, a couple from Long Island, New York paid roughly $100 for an unclaimed storage unit. It was a blind auction, meaning neither they nor the seller had any idea what was inside.
When the couple opened the unit, they were in for what would likely be the surprise of their lives: Buried under some old blankets sat a 1976 Lotus Esprit sports car used in the filming of the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me." In the movie, the sports car famously transforms into a submarine and fires missiles while underwater.
Years later, none other than Elon Musk bought their find for nearly $1 million.




https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/12/01/couple-paid-100-for-car-elon-musk-bought-it-from-them-for-6-figures.html

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Reply Couple paid $100 for abandoned car they found in a storage unit--Elon Musk bought for a million (Original post)
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ffr Monday #1
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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:08 PM

1. What a great story!



Loved that Bond movie as well. Very iconic.

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Response to ffr (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:30 PM

2. It does make you wonder if

... it might have inspired Musk to pursue electric cars when he was older and wealthy.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 12:49 PM

3. Clearly the cyber truck is inspired by this

I loved this car as a kid. I loved everything “future” in the 70s.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:22 PM

4. Well that Lotus was a better

actor in that movie than Barbara Bach.

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:42 PM

7. Yea but, who watches a James Bond movie (or Barbara Bach) for the acting?

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Response to Canoe52 (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:55 PM

9. You do have a point! /NT

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:00 PM

13. She posed nude for Playboy.

That excuses any lack of acting skills.

Oh yes, she married Ringo Start, too.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:03 PM

15. Well that could be true for some men

but I couldn't care less about seeing a nude Barbara Bach, or any woman really.



....and, before you make a comment, I couldn't care less about seeing Ringo Starr nude either....definitely not my type.

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 11:03 AM

22. You don't like immortal hardbodies?

I wish I looked half as good as Sir Richard at sixty as he does pushing eighty.

-- Mal

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:43 PM

5. Proof that, deep down, Musk aspires to be a Bond villain.


He’s already got the name thing down.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:49 PM

11. "No, Mr Sleeping Driver, I expect you to die"

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:11 PM

18. We all know Space X's rockets and the Boring Company's giant drills are ultimately...


going to be used to create an evil, underground moonbase lair guarded by lethal fembots and mandroids.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:16 PM

6. blind auction

i assume that means abandoned property where the owner failed to pay storage fees

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 02:51 PM

8. Isn't there something obscene about paying that much money for a car?

There are children going hungry in America.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:03 PM

14. Nope.

It is not just any car, it is a piece of movie history.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:04 PM

20. Right, so much more important than feeding the hungry.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:04 PM

10. You just wonder how someone would allow

something like that car to sit in a storage unit long enough to get auctioned off like that.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #10)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 03:51 PM

12. I'd guess "infirmity" and "death" may have played a part.

Perhaps no heirs existed or were interested enough to inspect the storage unit.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #12)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:11 PM

16. Or they never even knew about the storage unit.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:14 PM

21. Hopefully, the family will never realize whose storage unit it was.

Or it will be a contentious conversation at Christmas dinner this year (and forever).

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:46 PM

17. The car was one of four, I believe

Each having its own function depending on which stage of submarine to car and car to submarine morph it was in.



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Response to ffr (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:21 PM

19. Thanks for sharing the clips !! (n/t)

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