2010 Tesla Roadster. Artist Unknown. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
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Here's What An Original Tesla Roadster Is Worth Today
Before the Tesla Model S became one of the most popular electric vehicles available and put Tesla on the map, the company made the Tesla Roadster, a relatively early mass-market EV that was revolutionary for its time. The Roadster, closely based on the Lotus Elise’s appearance, had a relatively usable range of 244 miles and could go from zero-to-60 in just 3.7 seconds.
While the car and its $109,000 MSRP wasn’t for everyone, it proved that EVs had come a long way since the days of the GM EV1 and that they were capable of being fast and fun. Tesla made just 2,500 Roadsters before selling out in 2012 to focus on the then-new Tesla Model S and upcoming Model X, which has helped the Roadster retain its resale value.
The Roadster enjoys healthy auction results around the high five-figure and low six-figure mark — a green 2008 Roadster sold for $102,200 in 2018, while the first 100 models, the “Signature 100,” go for higher, like one that sold in May 2022 for $212,000. Although it may be some time, fans eagerly await the next generation, which is expected to boast some wild specifications.