2008 Tesla Roadster

Courtesy of Bonhams
  • Three-phase, four-pole AC induction electric motor
  • 3.0 80-kWh battery
  • 288 bhp and 295 ft-lb of torque
  • BorgWarner single-speed transmission
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Just 414 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging
  • The 272nd of the first Tesla Roadster run of just 500 cars
  • Recently upgraded by Tesla with new, improved R80 3.0 batteries
  • A sports car that marked the beginning of an era


Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide - SCM Contributor

Jeff is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track, and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, trying to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA and Austin Mini, and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.”

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