- The original Tesla Roadster is the first car Tesla ever made.
- The first 100 Roadsters built were part of the limited-edition “Signature One Hundred” series.
- No. 38 just sold for $US182,000 on car auction website Bring a Trailer.
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There’s no doubt Tesla is a big deal, and perhaps one of your regrets is not getting in on its story (read: stock price) 10 years ago. As a consolation prize, a buyer just took home one of the earliest pieces of the carmaker’s saga.
Way back in the land of 2008, Tesla was a little-known electric carmaker whose first production car was the Roadster, an all-electric sports car based on the Lotus Elise. The first 100 of those Roadsters were sold as limited-edition “Signature One Hundred” models.
This Radiant Red example is No. 38 of those original 100 and was for sale on car auction website Bring a Trailer. It just sold for $US182,000 at the auction’s close on Friday, which is nearly double what its original owner paid for it new.
Read on to see more.
A 2008 Tesla Roadster just sold for $US182,000 on car auction website Bring a Trailer. It’s No. 38 of the first “Signature One Hundred” limited editions ever sold.
The very first car Tesla ever produced was the Roadster. This red one has only had one owner.
The first owner ordered the car in July 2006. He took delivery in 2008 and has held onto it ever since.
The car comes with a commemorative plaque that identifies it as being the 38th example.
Inside, there are heated, beige-coloured sport seats.
The first-gen Tesla Roadster was based on a Lotus Elise.
But it uses a 53-kWh battery pack and produces a claimed 248 horsepower.
The Roadster’s Carfax report says a sideswipe occurred in September 2020 to the left side and rear.
There are two removable roof panels.
A body-coloured one and a black one.
All 100 “Signature One Hundred” Roadsters officially sold out in April 2010.
Buyers included George Clooney, Dennis Haysbert, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.