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Published on June 24th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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eBay Find: The Cheapest Tesla Model S You Can Buy

totaled-tesla-2The Tesla Model S is the hottest car on the market right now, with a wait time lasting months and an average transaction price in over $100,000. The must-have Model S is the P85 performance model, which offers a 4.2 second ride from 0 to 60 MPH and up to 265 miles of EPA rated range. But you’ll need to have deep pockets if you want to own one for yourself…or be really, really handy.

For sale on eBay is a totaled Tesla Model S P85, and though its being sold as parts, it still runs and drives, leaving open the option of many potential projects. Perhaps this is how I start that electric Buick Riviera dream project I was planning?

It’s still not cheap, of course, with an asking price of over $38,000. But this is a fully-loaded Model S comes with all the fixins, including the panoramic sunroof, air ride suspension, premium sound system, and even the rear-facing jump seats. The interior appears to be in fine condition, though the passenger’s side rear quarter panel seems to have taken the brunt of the accident. Suffice to say, this Tesla won’t ever see the road again, at least in its current form.

But theres a ton of potential to come from stripping it of useful parts like the battery pack, electric motor, and drive system. You could take that drivetrain and drop it in a wide variety of vehicles, something bigger, older, and bound to piss people off or make them proud. Depending on where you live, you might even be able to make it road worthy again. Hard to tell without a clear picture of the damage, which is what we have an imagination for.

What would you do with this totaled Tesla?

 

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • egogg

    Depending on the final sale price, it might be worth it just to buy and restore the poor thing. I saw it on eBay a couple of months back; must have not had any takers.

  • Brandon

    Ugly rims

    • egogg

      I concur.

  • t_

    If the battery pack was not damaged, the other problems seem fixable. One could have a new Tesla for under 50K. If it can be bought for 38-40K of course.

    I’ll wait until they guve up and post it for 10000, then I’ll byu it :-))))

  • Scott

    The battery pack is a component of the frame, it provides most of the stiffness and spans the entire area between the wheels as one flat rectangle. It’d be a massive engineering project to fit the battery into the frame of a conventional car.

  • http://geeklad.com GeekLad

    Not only is the cost of the repairs an issue, but the salvage title will cause other problems for the new owner. The warranty will be void and obtaining insurance could be challenging as well.

  • https://plus.google.com/+MattThompsonOnGoogle/ Matt Thompson

    If that is a “totaled” Tesla, I’d hate to see what happened to the other car. Damn thing looks like it felt something hit it, turned to look at what it might have been, and had a heart attack when the doctor handed it a bill.

  • Smc Motor

    Ugliest Tesla we’ve ever come across. It’s a good thing we it sold 2 days ago!

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