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Would you pay $1M for Tesla Roadster prototype?


This rare 2008 Tesla Roadster prototype recently came up for sale on eBay, and the seller is asking $1,000,000.

You may have forgotten that before the relative success of Model S and Model X, Tesla put into production this little beauty. The Roadster was essentially a reworked Lotus with an electric drivetrain and a few other features that differentiated it from its British counterpart. Production only lasted four years, and in that time the company managed to move 2,450 examples in over 30 countries.

But before the Roadster was allocated for sale in the U.S., Tesla produced the example you see here: a prototype. It’s just the 32nd example built by the company (only 33 prototypes were made in total), and was used extensively as a marketing tool. Just a smidge over 18,000 miles read on the odometer. Now it’s for sale on eBay.


Also published on Medium.