Tesla made and sold over 2,400 Roadsters from mid-2018 until January 2012, making it quite an achievement for what was an expensive weekend toy to most. Around 1,500 examples stayed in the US, with the most common colours were blue, black, red and silver.
At the other end of the spectrum we have much rarer colours like the “Brilliant Yellow Metallic” or the so-called “Very Orange” on this car that is going up for auction. Its listing on Cars & Bids says this 2010 example with under 2,000 miles on its odometer is “mostly unmodified” and it looks like it’s in excellent condition - the passenger’s seat mat still has its original plastic cover.
Scrolling through the gallery made up of nearly 100 photos, this Tesla looks really well maintained in terms of its paint, with no real signs of ageing or wear. When new, its options amounted to $28,100, bringing this Roadster's price with destination charge included to $139,050 (approx. £124,000).
The paint, the forged wheels, adjustable suspension, carbon fibre accents, heated seats and forged wheels all brought up the price, but none more so than the $9,000 carbon exterior pack, the $6,000 optional two-tone leather interior or the $4,000 adjustable suspension.
The owner is listing the vehicle as “lightly modified” because he had the front part covered in paint protection film, although this doesn’t really count as a modification in our book. The only known flaw are the tyres, which are the original ones that came with the car (manufactured in 2009), so they should be changed by the new owner before attempting to go on a spirited drive.
It comes with one key, the owner’s manual, the original window sticker, 110-volt charging cable and mobile charging connector, the soft top with carrying case and a car cover. It is currently being sold by a dealership in Hayward, California on behalf of the owner. The current highest bid is $90,000 (£80,000), there are four bidders and four days left to bid.