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What An Original Tesla Roadster Is Worth Today

The Roadster wasn't for everyone, with an MSRP of $109,000

by George Mensah

Long before the Tesla Model S became one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, putting Tesla on the map, the company produced a Tesla Roadster. The car was revolutionary as a relatively early mass market EV. It had a reasonable range of 244 miles and was quite quick, according to Tesla, going from zero to sixty in just 3.7 seconds. On the outside, it resembled the Lotus Elise.

The Roadster wasn’t for everyone, with an MSRP of $109,000, but it demonstrated that EVs had come a long way since the days of the GM EV1. Electric cars were capable of being both fast and entertaining. Elon Musk led a SpaceX mission in 2018 to strap a Tesla Roadster to a Falcon Heavy rocket and launch it into space. Needless to say, the Tesla Roadster has had a significant impact on the world of electric vehicles. All fans have to look forward to now is the next generation of Tesla Roadster, which is expected to have some truly insane specifications. Fans may have to wait a little longer if the Tesla Cybertruck is any indication.

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Tesla produced only 2,500 Roadsters before discontinuing production in 2012 to focus on the then-new Tesla Model S and upcoming Model X. EVs in general have not held their value well in the past, and the limited lifespan of batteries can have a significant impact on a long-term return. Take a look at the resale value of any Nissan Leaf. Nonetheless, the Roadster’s limited production run and six-figure price tag ensure that surviving Roadsters retain a large portion of their original value. It also doesn’t hurt to have the word “Tesla” in the name.


Tesla Roadsters achieve good auction results. A green 2008 Roadster sold for $102,200 on Bring a Trailer in September. Examples from the first 100 models produced have a tendency to be prohibitively expensive. In May, one such “Signature 100” model (number 71) fetched more than $212,000 at auction. Most Roadsters sell for between the high five-figure and low six-figure range. That’s not bad for an all-electric Lotus.

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