A bidding war took place for the low-mileage example.
We've all been waiting for the Tesla Roadster very patiently but unfortunately, the electric sports car has been suffering from delays since it was shown to the world in 2017. The latest update we were given from Elon Musk is that deliveries should commence by next year while the company has stopped taking orders on its online portal.
Some might not be aware that this will be the second generation of the Roadster, following the Lotus-based example from 2008. This was not only the company's first-ever car but also a pioneer in the battery-electric performance sphere. Despite it being over a decade old, it had impressive claimed figures such as an EPA-rated mileage of 244 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.
When new, the base model sold for $80,000, which was a hefty chunk of change but that's chump change compared to the amount that this used but clean example recently fetched. As sold by the Gruber Motor Company, this 2008 Tesla Roadster was purchased for an astonishing amount of more than $250,000, which is what the all-new upcoming generation Roadster will cost.
This particular Signature trim model finished in Thunder Gray is the 13th of 2,450-run that was produced over the four-year life-cycle and has only covered 840 miles. It has been upholstered in black leather with a hardtop paired with its original packaging. It also maintains its 220- and 110-volt chargers, both keys, USB, and the manual. There is a fault with the tire pressure monitoring system which is a common issue for this generation of the Roadster.
Gruber Motor Company explains that the $250,000 price tag was removed from the listing almost as soon as the advert was posted. This is because a vicious bidding war took place very shortly after the ad was posted with a few offers coming in that were way above the amount. A request was then made for the dealer to remove the price and replace it with a "make offer" auction listing. The amount beats its record-setting sale of $190,000 that took place at the beginning of this year.
The Signature 100 was released in 2007 as a limited edition model at an undisclosed price but Tesla confirms that each customer paid a $100,000 deposit. What makes this model so special is a commemorative plaque personalized for each customer that bears the signature of the company's principals. It also came with a then-state-of-the-art navigation system and the hardtop roof.