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How Many Roadsters are Left?

Discussion in 'Roadster 2008-2012' started by IslandRoadster, May 15, 2020.

  1. IslandRoadster

    IslandRoadster Red Roadster #609!

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    So we know there were roughly 1500 sold in the U.S. and another 900 or so worldwide for a total of roughly 2400, plus or minus.

    But how many of them have been destroyed in accidents or otherwise? Medlock and Gruber keep buying wrecked ones for the parts and Tesla buys them for trade-ins and parts. So what’s that leave on the road today? Anyone ever looked at crash databases and matched up VINs to get a rough number? How exclusive is our little club???
     
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  2. im4uttx

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    @DeedWest might have a list of some type, but I think we'd all just be guessing...
     
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  3. Bunnak

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    it's getting very exclusive. i would not be surprised if in 10 years i'm the only one on this roadster forum.
     
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  4. X.l.r.8

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    That was the reason there wrecked roadster registry started. To try and track the lost ones. It’s hard because we know there are a good handful hiding out for new batteries.
     
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  5. IslandRoadster

    IslandRoadster Red Roadster #609!

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    That thread show wrecks, but isn’t really a catalogue of ones out of service, as evidenced by a number in that thread that have been resurrected. I don’t know if the government or a private organization catalogues VINs no longer in service.
     
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    Perhaps if someone has unlimited use of Carfax, they can type in every Roadster VIN and check up on the status.
     
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  7. IslandRoadster

    IslandRoadster Red Roadster #609!

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    1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, ah f*$! it!

    ;)
     
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  8. DeedWest

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    #8 DeedWest, May 16, 2020
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    This is a tough one. Of the ~1500 North American Roadsters, I can confirm at least 44 cars that are no longer with us. There are many others that were wrecked and rebuilt, many that have not yet been / may never be rebuilt, and others that were wrecked & ended up somewhere in Europe where I’ve lost track of them.

    The best estimate I tell myself in my head is that of the ~1500 for NA (final number coming eventually), we have 1200+ left on the road/in garages, easily between 50-100 with dead ESS, and the remainder are a mix of those that are salvage, rebuilt, overseas, or no longer in existence.

    Hug your Roadster next time you see it. We must keep them alive.
     
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  9. Brentt

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    I’ve been wondering this myself. Any idea how many Tesla has bought back? I’ve heard they have a lot full of them somewhere in California.
     
  10. hjr

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    if the number left running is decreasing then I wonder why the value of those left seems unchanged in years. I see them listing for between $55-$78k. Tesla offers far below that to trade in. I am happy to say my #1291 is still great, although its at Gruber getting the PEM rebuld so I can get another wonderful 10 years on it!
     
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    IslandRoadster Red Roadster #609!

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    The fact that the value is not decreasing demonstrates the continued desirability and reduced supply. Most cars would be depreciating in value. The fact that Roadsters aren’t is, in part, because of that constrained supply.
     
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  12. marktoml

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    Mine (1064) still runs :)
     
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    Roadster 0934 is alive and well in Williamsburg VA.
     
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    I live in So. Cal. Mine is #982. I've wondered the same thing. I haven't seen any others in my area. I get daily complements & people always take pictures. I wouldn't sell this car for less than $200,000.
     
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    The #1 comment I get in the Florida panhandle is, "I've never seen one of these in real life. Plenty of pictures, but not one in person."

    I too have no desire to depart with mine.
     
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  18. csummers

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    Silver Bullet #302 alive and very well! However I do need to sell it to make room for the family new MY later this year.Hate to part with it but there's no more room in the garage. ;-)
     
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  19. LouisGA

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    How does one determine one's Roadster customer number? Is is the last digits of the VIN? I have a 2011 Roadster 9Still on the road) and the VIN's last 4 digits are 1408. Does that make me customer number 1408? Thank you.
     
  20. IslandRoadster

    IslandRoadster Red Roadster #609!

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    Those California HOV/Clean Air Stickers pain me.
     
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