18. April 2014 17:53
Spotted this in the latest issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car Magazine:
CUT TO THE CHASE
There's no question about the existence of the submersible Lotus Esprit driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me; it sold for a little under $1 million at auction a couple of months back. But what about Bond's first movie car, the Sunbeam Alpine driven by Sean Connery in Dr. No? That car seems to have vanished, and BMT 216A, The James Bond Vehicle Library (www.bmt216a.dk), would like to know what happened to it once filming was concluded in Jamaica.
The Series II Alpine was involved in the first chase scene in a Bond movie, when 007 was pursued by bad guys in a 1939 La Salle hearse. It had no machine guns, ejector seat or other special equipment. Unlike many movie cars, the Sunbeam did not belong to the movie company, or any of its agents; instead, it was rented from a local woman for 15 shillings a day, after the Rootes Group, which owned Sunbeam, rebuffed a request to provide a car.
The car was colored Lake Blue, and wore the number plate Z 8301. Let us know if you have a lead.
Lost & Found, c/o Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, P.O. Box 904, Vermont 05201 or email dlachance [at] hemmings dot com.
[Source: Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, June 2014, Volume9, Issue 10 #106, P.12.]