We get it, the Roadster holds some importance in modern automotive history, but one and a half million dollars is too much

Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to make a quick detour to Switzerland today, where the last Tesla Roadster ever built popped up on Car For You, a local car sales website. Nothing unusual so far, until you get to see how much the owner is asking for the Roadster.

Value, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder

Will Someone Be Dumb Enough to Pay $1.49 Million for the Very Last First-Gen Tesla Roadster Built?
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We’ll admit it. The Tesla Roadster is often overlooked when one discusses electric cars. Then again, it happens for a good reason:

Tesla only assembled 2,500 Roadsters based on the Lotus Elise.

As you surely know, practicality wasn’t its strong suit and the $110,000 sticker price didn’t make it exactly popular among 99 Percenters.

Still, the Roadster paved the way for Tesla’s current lineup and there’s a good chance that we wouldn’t have talked about the X, 3, and Y - even the Cybertruck - today if it weren’t for the Roadster. But from here to evaluating one at almost $1.5 million there’s a very long way, should you ask for our two cents.

Will Someone Be Dumb Enough to Pay $1.49 Million for the Very Last First-Gen Tesla Roadster Built?
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Sure, the last Roadster (VIN 2500) ever built - a 2012 model year - has a certain appeal to it. It’s only normal, especially since Musk sent his (the first-ever Roadster assembled) into space. On top of that, the sales ad mentions that this particular vehicle “was never registered” and sat “stored on tire pillows on marble floor and has only around 200 kilometers [124 miles] original mileage from the factory.”

Visually speaking, this example is not your run-of-the-mill Roadster either, courtesy of a white and black cabin trim, carbon fiber bits and bobs on the inside, and a carbon diffuser. But to price it at CHF 1.39 million (around $1.49 million) seems a bit far fetched. What do you think?

Will Someone Be Dumb Enough to Pay $1.49 Million for the Very Last First-Gen Tesla Roadster Built?
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2012 Tesla Roadster specifications
Max power 288 hp
Max torque 295 lb-ft
Transmission auto, one speed
EPA range 245 miles
Base curb weight 2,723 lb
0-60 mph 3.7 s
1/4 mile 12.6 s @ 102.6 mph

Source: Car for You

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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