Heroshot

2011 Tesla Roadster

Sport Evolution
$112,000
Sale Price
$90,000 - $110,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
22 January 2021
Sold Date
179
Lot Number
#2
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 5YJRE1A33B1001393. Glacier Blue with black cloth top over black leather. Upgraded R80 3.0 battery, new Xenon headlights, forged wheels, Yokohama tires, carbon fiber trim, three tops (cloth top, carbon fiber hardtop, and transparent hardtop), car cover. Rides on an aluminum chassis borrowed from the Lotus Elise.

Evaluation: R80 3.0 battery upgrade increased range to 340 miles and reportedly cost $29,000. Represented with 17,492 actual miles and consistently serviced with no issues to speak of.

Bottom Line: Regardless of what happens in the automotive landscape in the next few decades, Tesla is going to stick in people’s minds as the company that took EVs mainstream and finally made electric cars cool. And as Tesla’s first production model, the original Roadster is a likely future classic. It’s worth watching what prices do in the longer term. For now the seller, who has had the car since 2019, should be happy with this six-figure result. Sure, a few shares of TSLA would have been a way, way better investment, but you can’t drive your stock portfolio.

by Andrew Newton
2 February 2021
Hagerty
Valuation Tools

See how much your car is worth.

Get current values, historical values, model history and more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More on this topic

Hagerty Insider Newsletter

Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.

Thank You!
Your request will be handled as soon as possible
Hagerty Insider Newsletter
Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.
Share
Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
Hagerty only assigns condition ratings to vehicles we can inspect in person or, for online listings, via high-quality photography.