The story gets better, though. Bloomberg says that this fully loaded Founders Edition Model X was a freebie for the original owner, who won it in Tesla’s referral program last year by convincing 11 people to buy a Model S. The electric crossover, which just started shipping late last year and has only been made in small numbers, is still working its way through a lengthy waiting list of deposit holders — so winning just the 64th vehicle off the line is a very big deal, and the huge resale premium is not a surprise.
Having toured a major manufacturers “teardown” facility for competitor vehicles in the past, I can tell you that they take this part of the job very, very seriously: each part is meticulously disassembled, studied, and measured with a variety of instruments. In one case, a company was in the process of tearing down another manufacturer’s car that had just been recalled, in an attempt to understand the defect and avoid making a similar mistake. The Model X itself has recently been recalled for defective third-row seats.