“BUY IT NOW” PRICE: $74,000 (original price when new: $125,000)
INCLUDED EXTRAS: Tesla factory “3.0” 80kWh battery (new price $29,000), Visium Clear Hardtop (new price $3,000), High Power Charger (new price $2,200), J1772 and Tesla charger adaptors, and more (full list below)
The Tesla Roadster is not only the car that launched the EV revolution, it is the car that SpaceX recently launched on the Falcon Heavy rocket on its way to Mars orbit! The Roadster is definitely a piece of automotive and now space history. This is the first production version, known as the “1.5”, made even better with the installation in 2016 of the “3.0” 80kWh battery upgrade giving it an Ideal Range of over 300 miles! (Original stock battery capacity was about 53KWh)
The 248HP (185kW) AC induction motor produces 200 ft lbs of torque and rockets the car from zero to 60mph in just 3.9 seconds. That is a rush that doesn’t get old!
The unusual and striking factory paint color is “Very Orange”, making a stunning contrast with the black/orange accent interior. The car is in very good condition with just over 42K miles. It of course has a few paint chips and some scuff marks on some of the wheels. No rips or tears in the seats or other interior damage and the dash is perfect. As far as I know I am the second owner. I purchased the car in July 2014 from a BMW dealership in Sarasota, Florida, where the first owner had apparently traded it in.
This car is Roadster #425 and was produced in May 2009. The first 500 Roadsters (out of only 2,500 produced in total) were called version 1.5 by Tesla (A small number of V1.0 cars were pre-production and were not sold to the public). 1.5 cars are considered by many Roadster enthusiasts to be superior to the later 2.X versions in a number of ways, including:
Full carbon fiber trunk liner and center console structure
More reliable and longer lasting TPMS sensors (Tire Pressure Management System)
Higher quality PEM connections (Power Electronics Module)
Adjustable lumbar supports in seats
More headroom due to slightly thinner seats (I am 6’2” and have a few inches of headroom to spare)
VDS display by door (for charging settings) is more easily reached from outside the car
1.5 cars do not have a separate 12V battery so you don’t need to worry about a 12V battery dying or needing replacement: there isn’t one! 12 power to the car is supplied from the main battery
Dash storage shelf offers more space than tiny glove box in later versions
“Stick” shift lever in the center console instead of the pushbutton shifter in later version
“3.0” 80kWh Battery Upgrade (cost $29,000) Installed in June 2016, this new battery uses more modern lithium ion cells and provides a driving range of over 300 miles! See here
Visium Transparent Hardtop (cost $3,000) for an amazing view of the sky while on the road! Particularly awesome when driving in the rain and seeing the water stream backwards off the roof. See here and here
Tesla Roadster High Power Charger (cost $2,200) for fast 70A charging at home. No longer available direct from Tesla, this ClipperCreek-manufacturered unit is bulletproof and extremely reliable. It requires a dedicated 90A or 100A circuit. The currently available equivalent charger is described here here
Tesla J1772 adaptor (cost $750, no longer sold by Tesla) for use when charging from any of the thousands of J1772 EV chargers available across the country. Check out PlugShare.com to find them.
CAN SR charger adaptor (cost $650) for charging from Tesla “Destination” High Power Chargers*. This very high quality adaptor is made by Henry Sharp and is known as the “CAN SR”. It not only allows you to charge the Roadster from the thousands of Tesla Destination chargers available, but you could use it at home for 70A charging if you have a $500 Tesla “Wall Connector” charger like this here
* Note: the Roadster cannot use the Tesla “Supercharger” high speed DC charging network, as the Roadster was manufactured before that network existed and was never designed for DC charging, it is AC charging only.
Xeon 35W low beam headlight upgrade (cost $150, from DDM) which is a vast improvement over the stock halogen low beams (the stock high beams are fine in my opinion, I didn’t change them)
Open Vehicle Monitoring System (OVMS) to remotely monitor and charge your Roadster using the OVMS app on your phone (cost $120, will require your own GPRS SIMM card), see here
Extend View Side Mirrors (cost $154), these ultra wide angle side mirrors eliminate the rear quarter blind spot produced by the Roadster body design and make the car much safer to drive, in my opinion. They are placed on top of the existing side mirrors and can be removed if you don’t like them, but the only people I have heard of who don’t like them are people with severe astigmatism. I love them! See here and here
Elemental “Shower cap” from Hangar 111 (cost $100), protects the roof and dash from sun and/or debris when parked, see here and here
Side Window Tinting (cost $125) 80% tint of driver and passenger side windows to block UV and reduce heat transmission
Original Items Included With Sale:
Factory Soft Top and storage bag
Tesla Roadster Owner’s Manual (has it’s own special storage location under the passenger seat)
110V Charging Cable (the car did not come to me with the optional Roadster 240V charging cable, it was problematic and not reliable, the High Power Charger you will receive with the car is the best way to charge it, see above)
Original Factory Toolkit
Oct 2015: 72 month service, general maintenance and inspection, also replaced all 4 TPMS sensors, replaced all 4 tires with new Yokohama AD07 at 25,547 miles
Feb 2016: 2 PEM line fuses replaced (main fuses in Power Electronics Module)
Mar 2016: 12V switchpack board replaced (controls 12V power systems)
Jul 2016: 3.0 battery installed at 30,742 miles, updated PEM board, updated firmware
Dec 2016: Tesla Service courtesy inspection, no faults found
Jan 2017: two new Yokohama AD08 rear tires at 33,705 miles
Feb 2018: two new Yokohama AD07 rear tires at 40,386 miles
*Note: I have no service records on the car prior to my ownership. I purchased it with approximately 12K miles on the odometer.

“See detailed description below.”
Year: 2008 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 5YJRE11B781000425
Mileage: 42,102 Body Type: Coupe
Make: Tesla Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Model: Roadster Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Options: Leather Seats
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag Sub Model: 1.5
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows Exterior Color: Orange
Fuel Type: Electric Interior Color: Black with Orange trim
For Sale By: Private Seller Number of Cylinders: 0, it’s all electric!
Drive Side: Left-hand drive Transmission: Automatic