Just because Tesla Motors hasn't made a profit yet doesn't mean early buyers of its cars can't.

At least, that seems to be what one future owner of a Tesla Model S Signature Series is saying by putting his ordered-but-not-yet-delivered electric vehicle on eBay. The seller, who is based in Portland, Maine, has put a $145,000 price tag on the car, but he is accepting starting bids as "low" as $138,500. If the car sells (and it has zero bids, as of this writing), it could make for about a 50 percent profit for the seller. The Model S has an 85-kilowatt battery pack and a 265-mile single-charge range, and the one up for sale is scheduled for an October 14 delivery.

"This may be the only chance in the next few years to acquire one of these amazing, limited edition, game changing vehicles," the seller wrote on the sale post. Bids are being taken until September 20, but you can also put your order in for a non-Signature Series Model S through Tesla directly.

For the curious, check here for Autoblog's First Drive impressions of the Model S here.


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      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given the glowing press and the pressure of a consume-to-live culture, I've little doubt this dude will get his asking price. Someone will parachute in and he'll have half the cost of his other reserved model paid. BTW, can you qualify for the tax credit twice in one year?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @American Refugee
        "can you qualify for the tax credit twice in one year?" Now that's a good question. In this case it might not apply though. If the guy was shrewd, or lucky, enough to place his second order further down the list he could very well pull off getting the credit this year for this car and next year for his other car.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know there are many members of the more money than brains club, but 145K? I would be shocked if he got one bid.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        That's the bet he seems willing to take. If he does sell it he's got $40K toward his other Model S he has reserved.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Ford GT 's had a huge markup...
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOT SOLD - no bids.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Posted in response to ramp up disbelief below but I will repost it here as well: "Got my call today. Sig 1058, delivery Oct 14-28, at the factory." That was posted on the "Delivery Update" thread today at the Tesla Forum.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you know for certain? Is there a problem happening? What needs to be fixed? The biggest problem that I'm hearing on the Tesla Forum is the logistics of delivering the cars. That's a different kind of ramp up compared to manufacturing.
      anonymous
      • 2 Years Ago
      when he buys it new, won't he have to pay sales tax? Then the next person will also have to pay sales tax?
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @anonymous
        The government is happy to tax you as many times as it possibly can. I don't know if it applies in this case...
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another car, or the same seller with a lower price? cgi(dot)ebay(dot)com/ebaymotors/Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-2012-Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-/180976232779?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2a2306294b
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car on sale is red and since it's VIN166 it doesn't even exist yet. They've only delivered around 100
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        He's been given a specific delivery date. It's more likely that its built and going through final prep, awaiting delivery. Teslas biggest problem at the moment isn't building the cars, they've ramped up, its the logistics of getting the cars into the customers hands.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          "Got my call today. Sig 1058, delivery Oct 14-28, at the factory." That was posted on the "Delivery Update" thread today. And: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1838765496001/ceo-tsunami-of-hurt-coming-for-those-shorting-tesla/?playlist_id=1034196606001&intcmp=obinsite Take a look at the number of cars on the line. And that was last week. Elon specifically comments on the ramp up too.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Giza Plateau sez: there is no sign of a ramp up yet. In the past two weeks at least people have gotten emails with a firm delivery window, That is more than the two months before that combined. Yet Giza Plateau is still in denial, no ramp up. If you repeat it often enough, maybe, just maybe you yourself may start to believe it. But I can't guarantee anyone else will.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I don't believe that is true. We would see factory pickups with high numbers if it was a delivery issue. The latest known delivery on Tesla Motors Club is VIN72 on september 14th and that was at the factory. There is no sign of a ramp up yet.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Darn, "at least 70 people"
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        If it has a VIN it has been produced.
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another car, or the same seller with a lower price? cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-2012-Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-/180976232779?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2a2306294b
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      The guy is too greedy to even wait to receive it before selling it on? If I were Tesla I would "deemphasize" delivery of this car just to embarrass the seller a bit. Nothing serious, just a few weeks.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The eBay seller may have a problem, since he can't "guarantee" delivery of the vehicle. "If you want to sell presale items, be sure to meet all of the following criteria: Guarantee that the item will be available for shipping within 30 days from the purchase date. Be sure to clearly state this information in your listing." http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/pre-sale.html Hypothetically, if someone were to hit the BIN, then the seller would have to deliver the car by Oct. 17. Currently, they state the car will be delivered to them (the eBay seller) on Oct. 14. Just a minor issue with delivery to the eBay seller could cause the car to be undeliverable to the eBay buyer within the required 30-day window. (Minor detail, really, but a motivated buyer could make the eBay seller's life rather complicated. I would have waited until I had the car on my lot before I offered it for sale.)
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another car, or the same seller with a lower price? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-2012-Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-/180976232779?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item2a2306294b
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        The original sale stated this: "This is a one time only auction and this car will not be offered again." Which is of course, meaningless. They have very similar text descriptions, yet different delivery dates and locations, as well as obviously different seller IDs and different "non-refundable" deposits. Maybe a scam - it's happened before. I'm not surprised a legitimate prospective Tesla buyer is staying away from this, it's just too fishy. Wait until the car is delivered, and *then* we'll see how many people are willing to jump the line for a Sig. Model S.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Many are making money with internet.
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