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# of signature model s actually signed by elon musk before delivery?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by joefee, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. joefee

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    #1 joefee, Oct 1, 2013
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    # of Signature Model S actually signed by Elon Musk — Value added??

    How many Signature Model S’s where actually signed by Elon Musk before delivery and how much value does this add to the car?

    How much “value” does this add to the car? One expert I talked with says “multiples of the car" as years go by if it is garaged in perfect condition. Well mine is in excellent condition, garaged and covered but…. it is impossible not to drive it ….. so I have put about 1400 mi on in the year I’ve had it. So I have to decide what to do and I’m looking for wisdom and knowledge of the T M & TMC forums to help me decide. I can’t afford to put it in mothballs and buy another one. So I have to assess if it is rare enough to get a “make me sell” offer. Depending on the results of this thread (and a LOT of hand ringing :scared:) I’ll put a "for sale post "up with pictures etc but 1st things first:

    My Sig (S00791) was signed by Elon on the passenger side sun visor with a black sharpie pen. Short of a hand writing expert, company emails and several Tesla employees were involved in making this happen so it is easily verifiable. Elon is very gracious, so he has signed all kinds of stuff people bring up to him, but a collector would value the history/story of "how the car was signed" (eg as a token of appreciation for an early supporter of the limited production run of the historic Model S vs a random autograph eg http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=elon%20musk%20signed%20sun%20visor&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.teslamotors.com%2Fforum%2Fforums%2Felon-showed-after-factory-tour-wednesday-32013&ei=kC9LUteMAarfyQHdn4HAAw&usg=AFQjCNGLYMSlRqmEWOAz_G4FjIUh3Im4ZA&sig2=JTZmWV-hxh41OmisU9zmiw&bvm=bv.53371865,d.aWc).

    How To Get A Tesla Model S 'Elon Musk Signature Edition'

    A key question is "how rare is this…e.g. if it were signed on delivery, a Founder’s car would have even more value vs a Sig.

    I would greatly appreciate it if posters would keep their comments focused on the question:

    How many Signature Model S’s where actually signed by Elon Musk FOR delivery vs after market?

    My answer: I have seen only one other Sig signed for delivery So, What exactly is the value of a Signature Model S? - Page 23 ... so I think it adds 10K+ to the car…a random signing adds maybe 1K ?
     
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    Do you mean at the factory or at any time? Several got their car signed in Austin during the store visit. Some had visors signed at TESLIVE.
    I think it might help resale value but likely not for years.
     
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    I wish I'd thought of that, although I wonder how the TSA would react to a visor in my baggage. (Seriously... I've been singled out on several occasions just for the iPhone bracket I pack so I can use my phone's GPS in the rental car).
     
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    I followed the delivery threads closely when the Signatures were coming out. Elon was test driving a lot of the cars himself.
    After a few delivery delays we joked around in the forums that it would be nice if we had real signatures on our Signatures. The word was already out that Elon was not happy with the sun visors. Lo and behold, a couple weeks later one lucky Signature owner in California had an autograph on his sun visor. He didn't even know it was there until it he used the sun visor.
     
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    here is the link: So, What exactly is the value of a Signature Model S? - Page 23

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    I’m saying Sig signed by Elon at the factory before delivery….e.g. part of the “historic” limited production run.
     
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    Update: Another one of the few SIGs signed at the factory for delivery was Andrew Wolfe's SIG 440

    https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/posts/206827/ Oddly he did not ask or even know it was signed until he saw it on the visor. Mistake? Easter Egg by Elon?

    The Sig's signed after the fact will not be worth near as much as "the real SIGS."

    I have emails before and after delivery from the executive based at Fremont who was in charge of all deliveries in the Northwest region. The Tesla Service Center manager and my DS saw the car with Elon's signature before delivery to my home. This was part of the "Tesla Personal Delivery" program by George B "We will deliver your car wherever you like: your home, your office, your friend’s house, your hotel on vacation, or anywhere else that makes you smile." https://www.tesla.com/blog/its-time-build-your-model-s

    When I saw this, I called my delivery specialist and said if you want to make me smile have Elon Musk autograph my car. What good is having a "Signature" Performance Model S that is not actually signed by Elon!!!! From one of my email documents:

    "I'm writing to confirm that your Signature Model S did receive a signature from Elon Musk on the sunvisor. When we spoke about at that time (November 2012), I did have it arranged to be signed by Elon via working with his assistants at the time.

    I worked at the Fremont factory while managing our entire delivery team there (and the entire Northwest region at the time). During my time, we only had a small handful of "signature requests" for Elon that we executed on, yours being one. We never advertised it and shortly after this started declining it on behalf of Elon due to time restraints."
     

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