From an economics point of view, I wonder if owners of Tesla Roadsters should upgrade their cars, since it will ruin their value as a collectors item. I can imagine that in a couple decades, the Roadster will be highly valuable collector's item as the first mass market electric car. Since all the EV1s were destroyed, the Roadster is one of the first electric cars that collectors can get their hands on and since only 2600 were built, they are rare enough to be valuable.
However, many Roadster owners are upgrading their models and the 3.0 upgrade will significantly change the car (different tires, battery and aerodynamics). I wonder if installing the 3.0 upgrade will lower the value of the car in the long run since it will no longer be the "original" Roadster, which collectors want.
On the other hand, electric cars may never become collectors items, like gasoline cars, because their batteries die if they aren't periodically charged. Electric cars can't sit around for decades in a garage and still run like gasoline cars. Eventually the battery will no longer hold a charge and it has to be replaced, so in a couple decades nobody will have an "original" Roadster battery if they still want to be able to drive the car, and the battery is one of the things that makes the car special. I imagine that in 30 years people will gawk at the orginal Roadster battery, the same way that I now gawk at computer equipment from the 1970s. However, old computer equipment, unlike old cars, have little resale value because you can no longer use it, whereas you can still take a car from the 1920s for a spin.
So I wonder if old electric cars will have much value as collectors items, if they can't run with their original parts. In a decade or two, Telsa will stop offering a replacement battery for the Roadster. The only way to keep using a Roadster is to jerry-rig it to use replacement batteries which will be substantially different from the original battery. I doubt anybody will be driving a Roadster in 50 years and old cars aren't that much fun to collect if you can't drive them.
So what do you guys think? Will people collect old Roadsters in the future the same way that they collect old gasoline cars today?
Another question is whether the increased focus on aerodynamics will cut out the distinctiveness of car bodies and whether the move to flat screen interfaces will eliminated the distinguishing features of car interiors. In other words, cars are becoming less collectable because their distinguishing features are dissappearing. The interface in a flat screen is constantly being upgraded and changed, so there is nothing perminent to collect. Likewise, the need for energy efficient cars will make all car bodies have the same aerodynamic shape in the future. What do you guys think?
In other words, the Roadster i if they are ations 2.5, 3.0 means that few people was will ever become a collectors item.