2012 Tesla Model S SignatureEnlarge Photo
Well, that didn't take long, did it?
It's not unusual to see rare and exclusive cars pre-sold to buyers before cars are delivered--the practice has been going on for decades, every time the latest supercar hits the streets.
We didn't expect to see a 2012 Tesla Model S sold so soon, though--and with a Buy It Now price on the eBay auction of $145,000, the seller stands to make a healthy little profit should they find a buyer.
The model being sold is one of the thousand limited edition Signature models, and the buyer will get the actual car, rather than a reservation slot--something Tesla will not allow.
With Signature Red paint, a white leather interior and the 85 kWh, EPA-rated 265-mile battery pack--as well as other Signature edition features--the car will certainly be to a high specification.
It also features an upgraded tech package, Dolby 7.1 premium sound system, and other Model S amenities.
The car is already being built, and is set to be delivered on October 14. The auction itself runs until 10:18 PDT on September 20, provided someone doesn't pay the full price--over $47,000 more than MSRP--to end the auction early.
So why is the car for sale so soon? The seller doesn't say, but it's not beyond possibility that they were banking on pre-selling it all along, hoping to make a tidy little profit in the process from someone wishing to jump the queue.
It also has us wondering--how long until more Model S Signature editions appear on the market? And what price would you pay to get behind the wheel?...
Hat tip to Martin at eCars.bg