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Photo gallery: This is what the first hundred Tesla Roadsters looked like

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Anyone who bought Tesla shares ten years ago can look forward to a magnificent return today. The value of the papers has risen by more than 22,000 percent since the IPO. Anyone who bought one of the electric car manufacturer’s first models in the early days also benefits from the increase in value, as an auction on the Bring a Trailer auction platform shows.

On Friday, a Tesla Roadster from 2008 changed hands there for the equivalent of around 150,000 euros (182,000 US dollars) – that’s almost double the price of the new one.

When the owner bought the car 13 years ago, Tesla was still a little-known automaker that didn’t even make the body itself. The Roadster, Tesla’s first production vehicle, is a fully electric sports car based on the Lotus Elise. The first 100 of these roadsters were then sold as “Signature One Hundred” limited editions. The car that has now been put up for auction is No. 38 of this original 100.

You can take a closer look here:

The first car Tesla ever produced was the roadster. This red specimen had only one owner before.

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The first owner ordered the car in July 2006. He received it in 2008 and has kept it since then.

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He received a commemorative plaque for the car, which identifies it as No. 38.

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Inside it is equipped with heated, beige-colored sports seats.

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The first generation Tesla Roadster is based on a Lotus Elise.

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But it uses a 53 kWh battery pack and is reportedly making 248 horsepower.

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There are two removable roof panels.

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One in the color of the body and one in black.

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All 100 “Signature One Hundred” roadsters were officially sold out by April 2010.

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The buyers reportedly included George Clooney and, of course, Elon Musk.

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The owner of Roadster No. 38 paid just under 100,950 US dollars for it in 2006 (today: 83,000 euros).

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He has almost 24,000 miles on the clock, that is the equivalent of 38,600 kilometers.

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