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In production from 2008 to 2012 with around 2,500 units completed and sold, the Tesla Roadster was the very first road-legal sports car to make use of lithium-ion battery cells and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles per charge. Initial development was based around a Lotus Elise and they incorporated their electric technologies into a rolling chassis built from the Lotus production line. This innovative car was featured on the cover of Time magazine in December of 2006 as the recipient of the magazine's 'Best Inventions 2006 - Transportation Invention award'.
Boasting performance figures of 0-62 in just 3.9 seconds, excellent range and a charge time from empty at around four hours, this groundbreaking sports car would be extremely well received by the motoring press and signifies a point in time where the automotive industry really started shifting its focus from fossil fuel to electric technologies.
In July 2010, Tesla introduced the updated Roadster 2.5. New features included a revised front fascia with diffusing vents, a new rear diffuser reflecting the future of Tesla design, forged wheels available in both silver and black, seats with improved comfort and an optional 7" touchscreen display with a back-up camera.
This beautiful 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 is believed to be the final UK-supplied, right-hand drive car delivered. It was built to order finished in a distinctive shade of French Navy Blue with a unique tan leather interior. The car is offered showing 37,800 miles with a well-documented service record and the most recent Tesla service and inspection dated July 2019. Also found in the history folder is a current MOT valid until October 2020, old MOTs, the current V5c and its handbooks.
This is a great opportunity to own a low production, interesting sports car with incredible performance. Representing the very beginning of a new era of the sports car, these early examples are becoming increasingly collectable and sought after.