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Tesla Roadster auction

Discussion in 'Tesla for Sale' started by Tin-Chicken, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Tin-Chicken

    Tin-Chicken Member

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    https://auction01.charitybuzz.com/secure/viewItemDetail.do?auction_item_id=300116&lotsindex=0&show=10&order=default

    "Car #234 will be yours in this historic first year of production. You'll have an exclusive opportunity to tour the final assembly area in Menlo Park giving you and a guest exclusive insight into this revolutionary piece of engineering. This package also includes Tesla Motors apparel and an invitation to the next Tesla Motors Road Show drive event. Reservations and delivery only available within the contiguous 48 states, out-of-service area fee may apply."

    Petra Nemcova and the Happy Hearts Fund Ask You to "Save The World, Drive a Tesla"
     
  2. TEG

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    It will probably sell for about $109,000. I don't see it going much higher in this economy and with the recent news about Tesla downgrading the Roadster.
     
  4. Tin-Chicken

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    Out-of-date spec sheet?

    I just took a look at the spec sheet - looks a little dated to me, so the winner would get quite the bargain at $109K.
     
  5. vfx

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    It's been holding at 105 for a few days now. Next bid it goes to 110.
     
  6. TEG

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    Up to $120K now, still 14 days to go.

    (Sorry James your $109K seems too low)

    Charity auctions frequently fetch higher than "retail" price as someone wants to support the charity and will pay a premium to buy that way.
     
  7. vfx

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    Wonder if it's a stripped down car?
     
  8. Palpatine

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    This is sort of interesting. That auction represents a contract for the buyer and seller.

    The spec sheet attached includes the HPC and the upgraded wheels and a lot of options at the old prices.

    Could be interesting when it comes time for the auction winner to order.

    Although at $120,000+ I think Tesla will have to be flexible. Then cannot nickle and dime this owner.
     
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    Apparently; "charitybuzz® Auctions uses UPS or FedEx for all shipping"... I wonder if they'll leave it on the doorstep, in the rain ready, for the taking... as usual.
     
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    I was a bidder on the car to try to get an earlier number at a lower price.
    But the bidding has now gone beyond the price where that strategy makes sense.
     
  11. doug

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    This is a charity auction, right? You would hope the winning bid would be well above the actual cost. Is Tesla donating the whole car, or are they essentially selling it to the charity at a fixed price and the charity gets to keep the difference?
     
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    I was told by the charity that the winner gets a tax deduction for anything over $109,000. So I assume that Tesla is selling a car and the charity gets any premium over $109,000.
     
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    I don't believe that this would be an indication of one way versus the other. It is standard IRS contribution deduction policy that you are only able to deduct the amount paid which is in excess of any value received. Also the page does list it as Donated by: Tesla Motors.
     
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    Given their cash crunch, is it really prudent for them to be giving away Roadsters like that?

    I can see it as a PR opportunity, but as far as I can tell they haven't been saying much about this to anyone. (We just sort of stumbled on it).
     
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    I really think $109,000 goes to Tesla Motors and the rest goes to the charity. The person at CharityBuzz.com told me that the car goes into production as soon as Tesla gets the money. I had contacted them to find out the VIN of the auction Roadster.
     
  16. Tin-Chicken

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    The winning bid ....

    .... was $120K.
     
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    Does anyone remember what the sale was last year? I thought it went for 160 and then was given back to re-auction and then went for 130 or something.

    Now it's worth asking if it's the 10K less stripped down model.

    Wonder if FLXX was watching
     
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    Tesla Customer update…. The Jason Calacanis Weblog
    Petra Nemcova and the Happy Hearts Fund Ask You to "Save The World, Drive a Tesla"
     
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    Looks like at least 3 auctions now:

    charitybuzz | Save the World, Drive a Tesla - lot #300116
    Donated by: Tesla Motors
    Lot Closed: Feb 12, 2009 1:06:00 PM EST
    Estimated Value:$108,000.00

    charitybuzz | liveBID-Tesla Roadster Package - Lot #81808 (Roadster #234)
    "Donated by: Tesla Motors"
    Lot Closed: Nov 17, 2008 12:10:00 PM EST
    Estimated Value: $160,000.00

    charitybuzz | liveBID-Tesla Roadster Package - Lot #17201 (Roadster #141)
    Donated by: Friends of The Happy Hearts Fund and Petra Nemcova"
    Lot Closed: Oct 10, 2007 5:02:00 PM EDT
    Estimated Value: $125,000.00
     
  20. NEWDL

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    The owner can actually write off the whole car....if it is only used for charity purposes and never for its origional intent. If the car is titled and driven as a normal car...then anything you paid over the value of the car is what can be "written off"

    I believe this is the way things work. (all the years at barrett-jackson taught me this)
     

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