Model S is a classic

Model S is a classic

According to MSN Auto, the Model S is destined to be a classic.

frekri | October 21, 2013

I'm pretty sure that the signature versions will be classics.

frekri | October 21, 2013

Investment tip: Signature should drive their car right to a barn for storage... :)

Mathew98 | October 21, 2013

There were around 1000 Sig MS produced for US. There were about 400 software limited S40 produced.

Which version will be considered classic first due to limited availability?

Sudre_ | October 21, 2013

I think a software limited 40 is just a 60kW car. It won't be any more collectable because it's just a 60. Absolutely no difference.

AmpedRealtor | October 21, 2013

Agree w/ Sudre_ - there is no collector's advantage to having a 60 kWh model that is software limited to 40 kWh. The only difference between such a car and an "official" 60 kWh model is a software setting. The signatures offer far more to collectors, including some with Elon's physical signature in some vehicles.

Mathew98 | October 21, 2013

@AR - I like mine with butt prints on the windshield/glass...

AmpedRealtor | October 21, 2013

Hey! I had a plaster mold made for just such an occasion... lol!

Tiebreaker | October 21, 2013

Huh? Some of those are head-scratchers...
- Dodge Viper
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Audi RS 5
- Porsche Cayman
- Chevrolet Camaro

- MINI Cooper
- Subaru BRZ
- Volkswagen GTI
- Ford Focus

Brian H | October 21, 2013
Bikezion | October 21, 2013

Sure, but where will you get gas for all the others?

772 | October 21, 2013

I think there will still be a decent number of MS on the road 20 years from now... maybe try 2063 or later

hsadler | October 22, 2013

In a barn ???? What happens to the batteries?

Longhorn92 | October 22, 2013

The 40's do have unique VINs (eighth digit is a "C"). Only 400-500 Model Ses have that.

Brian H | October 22, 2013

Plugged in in a barn, waiting to become a classic!

ChasF | October 23, 2013

50 years? I'll be dead by then.

hsadler | October 23, 2013

@Brian H
"Plugged in in a barn, waiting to become a classic!"

Make sure it has 5.6
Vampire load would put it at -2 million miles in 10 years.

But then it wouldn't be a classic without the first software vers.

petero | October 23, 2013

IMO, the Model S is not a good candidate for collector car status. My reasons are: Tesla manufactured approximately 25K+ MSs in the first year – which is a lot of cars from a collector’s standpoint, Tesla will manufacture the MS for quite a long time (pretty much unchanged), and the MS is bot built not hand built. “If” a Model S were to be anointed, my vote would be for the 2012 Signature Red with white interior. Also, IMO, there is not a single car in that article that has a chance of being a collector car.

If you follow collector cars there is only 1.5 ‘modern’ cars that have ascended to the ranks of collector status. First, the McLaren F1, crafted 1992-1998, 106 built. The F1 was close $900K car at birth and pristine models with low to no miles will now bring $4-5 million. The second is the Ford GT, crafted from 2004-06, 4,038 built. The GTs are starting to ascend, but they will. The GT is a relatively high volume for a collector car and that is why the prices have been slow to rise.

Enzo Era Ferrari cars have been stellar collector cars. The most desirable models have very low production numbers (GTO, SWB, Spiders, TRs, and of course the racing cars). Two exceptions being the F40 and F50. IMO, a most interesting, with rapid appreciation, have been the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing and Roadsters of the 1950’s and these were built in relatively high volumes for a collector car. These have shot up over the last 5 years like a SpaceX rocket.

The Mustang has been a high volume car and early ones have appreciated. But only low volume, hand built ones have really become collector cars (1965 Shelby GT350, 1966 Shelby GT 350, 1966 GT 350 convertible (4), Boss 429, and of course a brace of Shelby and Bud Moore sedans and fastbacks.

I love my Model S but it is what it is – a great car to be driven and enjoyed. Future Teslas will be even better, lighter, faster, improve range. Enjoy - carpe diem.

petero | October 23, 2013

Sorry, by first year I am referring to 2012 and 2013 Model S.

SamO | October 23, 2013

The 2012 Model S will be a collector car, but likely not the 2013. Only 2250 built in 2012 which will increase conductibility per Petero's comment above.

jonlivesay | October 23, 2013

Collector car, probably not. Classic car, probably not. Game changing car most definitely. Collector and classic cars will be old ice cars that guys want to keep around to remember the good old days. But then I'm a new tech guy, not a collector of old stuff.

Brian H | October 23, 2013

being plugged in takes care of vampire draw.

Captain_Zap | November 10, 2013

Sorry, but I'm driving mine. I can't help myself.