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Roadster VIN list

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by DanielFriederich, Oct 8, 2015.

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  1. DanielFriederich

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    Since I am totally "virusnized" by the Roadster and a Tesla fan I wanted to enable us to get track of (best case all ever produced) Roadsters driving round.
    So if you wanna contribute to my list which I will make open to public asap when I have collected some data please provide me with some info about your Roadster containing VIN, Color, Version ;)
    I searched for a list but coulnd't finde one.... so here we go?!

    Regards Daniel (Sig ed. SFZRE2B1XA3000112, black, V1.5)
     
  2. Jaff

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    Daniel, before you get too deep into this project, search posts by TEG...
     
  3. DeedWest

    DeedWest 2010 Roadster 2.0 - VIN 523

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    Agreed with Jaff. I'm convinced that TEG is the closest human alive to succeeding at this. I started doing the same thing nearly four years ago, and I'm probably at 1/4th of the Roadsters he has knowledge of (I have 378 cars logged, US production only). I would say that the majority of those I have located here on the forum in older posts.
     
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    Can confirm: DeedWest has an extensive list, but TEG has the Rosetta Stone when it comes to info/pics/history of basically every Roadster out there.
     
  5. josh-io

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    Has anyone who curates this data considered making it publicly accessible, or creating a new list/wiki for public consumption?

    Even a Google spreadsheet would be helpful and interesting. :)
     
  6. TEG

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    #6 TEG, Oct 8, 2015
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    So, I gave a high level view of what I assembled for NORTH AMERICAN Roadsters in this thread:
    Roadster History North America
    When I posted this:
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    I think I know of close to 100% of North American Roadster VINs, which tell us things like production year and sport/non-sport, but not much else.
     
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    felixtb RsEU502,Sp+14274,XpEUSig4

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    That's impressive!
     
  8. ecarfan

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    TEG your list does not appear to include my #425 Very Orange+Black/Orange interior - built in May 2009, now in San Mateo CA
     
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    Hey TEG, quick question, do you know anything about North American Roadster #858? I believe it's a twilight blue Roadster.
     
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    TEG TMC Moderator

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    #10 TEG, Oct 10, 2015
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    I only gave a list of assembled in Hethel SFZRE cars.
    Many of the EPs, VPs, and Founders' ended up in North America (since USA assembly didn't start until later), but the later SFZRE cars were all being made for Europe/Asia.

    I am keeping my North American 5YJRE list to myself for now.
    So, I didn't include any specifics for North American production from P12 through P1464...

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    First registered in Mound, Minnesota 8/16/2010
    Twilight Blue with Carbon fiber dash.
    Silver finish forged wheels.
    Black edge sport seats with light gray interior trim.
    Sold 10/18/2012 for $79,900 when it had 3900 miles on the ODO.

    Nice looking car!
     
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    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    TEG, my apologies, I misread your post.
     
  12. MileHighMotoring

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    Just curious - why? Do you have a project in mind?

    I love that you have all this info though. Would be such a shame if it didn't exist.
     
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    SFZRE2B14B3000821 Arctic White + Black/Black - 2.5 non sport Belgium
     
  14. supersnoop

    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    I'd assume that much of his information was acquired through methods that prohibit redistribution, or have other legal restrictions.
     
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  15. MileHighMotoring

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    I doubt he'd have posted all that data last week if that were true. Just wondering the use of it if not shared.
     
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    supersnoop Tesla Roadster #334

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    But that was all non-US data.
     
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    I thought we all agreed that TEG was really a Cray super computer...:confused::wink::smile:

    Thanks again for all of your efforts TEG!
     
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    How about a book by TEG about "The history of Tesla Roadster"?

    Now that would be a nice book to have.... TEG?
     
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    +1 Even an e-book / pdf would be fantastic.
     
  20. TEG

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    #20 TEG, Oct 14, 2015
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    No...
    I built up a list by looking at cars I saw in person, in public places, and noting the VIN / color combinations.
    And then even more by noting all the details whenever I saw a for-sale listing on places like eBay, craigslist, auto dealer web sites, etc.
    This is information that basically anyone could have built up if they were equally fanatical, persistent, and willing to spend a ridiculous amount of time doing something of limited value.
    Also, the Roadster VIN sequence is relatively straightforward, so I built a script to generate the VINs (of what I figured were) all possible Roadsters, and did automated web searches on those VINs to find any mention online.
    I suppose that means my list is more complete than it would be for someone who doesn't know how to automate things like that.
    Also, my list is much more complete in North America because of web sites that let you look up the VIN based on license plate number. So, all those web photos including a license plate ended up in my VIN list.

    Special thanks to Carfax for showing how many records they have on file for a VIN. Even if I don't pay to look up the details, I can validate that the VIN is for a real car that got registered by someone in the USA.

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    No specific project in mind. Still working to update the list, and may just release the whole thing someday. Waiting to see if anyone comes forward and objects to that thought. Send me PM if you think it is a bad idea...

    Already, I am starting to get more and more PMs with people asking me specific questions about specific cars. I try to oblige when I can, but hopefully it doesn't become overwhelming.

    By the way, when Model S came out, and people started work on "VIN decoder", I thought to myself that I would rather use my time on something else, and so just decided to stop after researching Roadster like this.

    Also, I was probably inspired by seeing previous VIN lists on other "exotic" cars like this:
    Deciphering the McLaren F1 VINs - Car Forums and Automotive Chat
     
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