While Tesla deserves all the criticism about the delayed launch of the second generation Roadstar, it is impossible to deny that the original Roadstar was a crucial vehicle for the brand and contributed to the current fascination with EVs.
The first generation Tesla roadster was based around Lotus Ellis and this particular example is looking for a new home. It is located on Manhattan Beach in California and has driven only 11,589 miles (18,650 km). It is being sold with a window sticker, manufacturer’s literature, a clear CarFax report, a tool kit, service records, two sets of keys and a clear California title.
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The exterior of the car is adorned with radiant red metallic paint that complements the 175/55 and 225/45 Yokohama Advanova AD07 tire-wrapped 16-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel sets. Silver brake calipers are also featured.
The cabin of the electric sports car features black leather bucket seats with beige leather inserts. The black and beige leather door panels continue across and the cabin is empty from the huge touchscreen of current Tesla vehicles, including an alpine system with navigation. Cruise control and air conditioning are also featured.
The car is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 288 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque when it was new.
The Tesla Roadster was Automaker’s first production car, so it’s no surprise that it was expensive by modern EV standards. In fact, the window sticker reveals that this example had an MSRP of $ 131,745, an image that included about $ 20,000 options.