This was Musk’s first Roadster at an event in 2008. Notice the charger plug that goes to the hefty plug, then the extension cord and finally tiny power cord
While we think of collectibles, our thoughts go to high-end exotics, such as Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maserati but rarely on electric cars. One way or another, the electric car will find it’s way onto auction sale blocks.
The Electric Collector. The collector world is about to have to deal with yet another unexpected new comer in a rather crowded field of who’s who, the electric car collector market. Scoff at it all you want but there is not a seat for every behind on this planet and strange and often time derided vehicles eventually catches someone’s sensitivity and a whole trend started. Not convinced? How about how until now the shunned late 1960s, early 1970s Maserati are finally appreciating to well over six digits. How about the amazing Alfa Romeo GTV now riding as high at $45,000. Or how about the Ferrari 308 or even worse the GT4 now finally appreciating? Well, you get the point, electric cars will find buyers down the road.
If Race Cars Do, Electric Cars Can. In the 1960s, my Father passed on the opportunity to buy a Mercedes 1950s Silver Arrow because, after all who would pay money for a beaten and abused race car… And as I think of these naive, yet innocent words reflecting the financial reality of things back then, I find all vehicles find a home eventually. If race cars sold for a penny then easily reach multi million dollar levels today, the negotiation has to go through an occult appreciation, that considers the ultimate value and more before putting a price on it.
An electric car is unusual considering an almost 100 uninterrupted reign of the gasoline car. They have come back sporadicly once on a while but never have they had the market growth, nor the collaborative will to bring them to market. Of course, a recession certainly helps, the electric car in the middle of these economic turmoil days has faired as well as hybrids did over a decade ago in a much better economy. We can expect to see electric car showing up at Barrett-Jackson, RMI and who knows Pebble Beach anyone?