Chassis: Land Rover Fire Tender
Number Built: Two
Construction: Unibody, with ivory colored fiberglass shell
Engine: Rover V8 engine
Length: 22 feet; 2 axles at the front, and 1 at the rear
Wheelbase: 72cm; total of 6 wheels
Estimated Price: US$26,000 – US$37,000
The Nautilus, a car in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a kind of Justice League of Victorian England, went up for auction on July 11 by Coys Auctioneers at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom. The car was an invention by the movie character Captain Nemo, the scientific genius played by Naseeruddin Shah, whilst Sean Connery was ‘Alain Quartermain’ in the 2003 cinematic version of the comic book published by Top Shelf and Knockabout Comics. There are only two of its kind, the other having been rigged with scaffolding for filming close-ups. The car has an estimated price of US$26,000 – US$37,000.
The Nautilus design was spawned by the creative mind of Carol Spier, the movie’s production designer and art director. Spier draws inspiration from the Hindu god Ganesha and underwater creatures that are associated with Nemo’s character. It was built around the chassis of a Land Rover fire engine. It was fitted with a Rover V8 engine and covered with an ivory-coloured fibreglass shell embellished with ornate aged gold-effect details. The car’s interior is adorned with faux leather and features the original Land Rover dials.
The car’s seller Stephen Lane, founder of Prop Store, felt it was one of the most admirable vehicle he has ever seen, a true landmark in terms of auto design. The moment he saw the car at the movie, he instantly fell in love with it. “I bought the Nautilus from the film company after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out because I loved the car, loved the design and felt it was one of the most emotive vehicles I have ever seen, a true design icon. I have taken it to Essen, driven it at the Lord Mayor’s Show and now feel it’s time to let somebody else own it and enjoy it.”
There is no doubt that its value will increase in the years to come. Watch this video from the Prop Store and see if this car is truly worthy to fit in the league of those extraordinary few.