Tesla’s first car, the Roadster, was produced from 2008 to 2011. The corporate bought round 2,500 of them, at costs starting from $109,000 to $170,000. The revolutionary Roadster was supposed from the start as a form of transitional car, so it’s no shock that after Model S, a extra sensible mannequin with a lot wider attraction, beginning grabbing the headlines, curiosity within the Roadster waned. After manufacturing ended, resale values steadily slumped. In keeping with Phoenix-based Gruber Motors, as of final fall, you may purchase a used Roadster for round $40,000.
Above: The Tesla Roadster at Gruber Motors (Supply: Gruber Motors)
Gruber calls itself “the primary industrial impartial Tesla service group offering engineering and aftermarket assist.” The corporate providers all Tesla fashions, and after years of repairing and upgrading Roadsters, the Gruber staff in all probability know as a lot about these autos as anybody outdoors of Tesla itself. Gruber’s YouTube channel provides a wealth of data on Tesla servicing, aftermarket enhancements and one-of-a-kind customized Tesla autos.
Above: A have a look at Gruber Motors (YouTube: Gruber Motors)
Recently, the Gruber staff has noticed an upward pattern within the costs of used Roadsters, because the historic car is turning into a collector’s merchandise. Over the previous few months, a pair have bought at public sale for $120,000, and a Signature model (one of many first hundred automobiles made, which had been bought to an elite group of celebrities and influencers that Tesla dubbed the Signature One Hundred Membership) lately went for $182,000.
Gruber provides “Roadster matchmaking providers,” serving to sellers and patrons to attach freed from cost, and a few extremely collectible autos go by the corporate’s database. It lately listed what might be the highest-priced Roadster but to go on sale.
This unique Roadster was the final one to roll off the US meeting line (VIN 1459), and it was personally signed by Elon Musk. The proprietor despatched it to Gruber to resolve a battery pack challenge, and the corporate additionally carried out a Energy Electronics Module rebuild and improve, changing all put on parts within the drivetrain meeting.
Above: The final manufacturing Roadster made earlier than the manufacturing line shut down, Elon Musk commemorated the event with a sharpie (Supply: Gruber Motors)
As soon as Gruber had this historic car on the elevate, “we realized of the 100+ Roadsters now we have serviced, this is absolutely the cleanest one now we have ever seen, inside, outdoors, and in all of the usually hidden areas just like the battery cavity. The automotive has by no means seen rain, is saved in a temperature-controlled setting, and in consequence, seems to be precisely just like the day it got here off the meeting line.”
The pristine situation of this 10-year-old automotive (which has a mere 2,800 miles on the odometer) is wonderful. Typical hassle spots such because the wheel wells, mud flaps and entrance and rear underbody clips, which usually present scratches and street grime, are like new.
As soon as the pictures of this cherry obtained round, the proprietor began getting provides, and determined to place it up on the market. It may be yours for a mere $1.5 million.