This Rare Tesla Roadster Prototype Is Selling On eBay For An Unfathomable $1 Million

EBay user jester944 thinks the Tesla Roadster represents the beginning of a new era of electrification, and is therefore going to be a priceless collectable gem in just a few short decades. It’s so valuable, in fact, that his Buy It Now price on validation prototype number 00032 is a lofty $1,000,032. Yes, those commas are in the right spots.

Here’s jester944's justification for asking 20 times what other Tesla Roadster sellers want for their little electric convertibles:

A million dollar Tesla may be crazy today but with vintage Ferrari’s going for $15M+, imagine what the first Ferrari prototype models would go for. Take that 30 years into the future when most cars are electric and they’ll be able to trace their history back to Tesla, the company that is changing the industry, and this being a prototype of its first model. Historic and super sporty.


The seller says his is number 32 of “approximately 33" prototype Roadsters ever built, and that many of those 33 were destroyed, meaning his—which has only 18,000 miles and was originally used for marketing—is incredibly rare and should command many of your hard-earned dollars.

The car is registered in California right now, and is in “perfect working condition” with 160 miles of electric range. And it definitely looks like it’s in good shape based on the pictures.


The Tesla-obsessed folks at Tesla Motors Club forum did point out that the car has the newer style badge, indicating that the front bumper might have been swapped at some point.

Folks on that messaging board had a good laugh at the price, too, many calling it “laughable” and pointing out that the same car sold for just over $60,000 not too long ago.


Some of the forum-goers suggested this might just be a guy whose spouse asked him to get rid of his Tesla, so he listed it for a ridiculous price so he could say “Hey, nobody seems to want to buy it. Guess I’ll have to keep it.”

That’s a classic move.

More pictures from the listing:


h/t: Electrek & James Torrey

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