It was at the end of 2017 when Elon Musk surprised everyone by showcasing a prototype of the second-generation Tesla Roadster. The self-proclaimed Technoking of Tesla claimed performance figures that make would include the Roadster the quickest production supercar money can buy, and with a starting price of $200,000, the Tesla supercar sounds like the bargain of the century. But it has three and a half years, and the second-generation Tesla Roadster is nowhere to be seen. If you are one of those crazy ones who put down $50,000 to reserve a $250,000 Founders Series model, there’s something that can make the excruciatingly painful wait seem a little more bearable. One of the pre-production prototypes of the upcoming Tesla Roadster has been put up as the newest exhibit at the museum at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
It’s the first time the Tesla Roadster has been made available for public viewing since Musk originally showcased it. In fact, Tesla even recently put the Cybertruck on a showcase at a Manhattan showroom while CEO Elon Musk visited to host Saturday Night Live. The prototype has been put on display alongside its predecessor, the first-generation Tesla Roadster, on the second floor of the Petersen Automotive Museum. This aims to exhibit the evolution of Tesla’s engineering prowess and how far it has come since its early days. Sounds interesting, right? Well, there’s a tiny little caveat. The prototype will be there from May 19 to June 2, and the first three days are already sold out. “We’ve always benefited from a close relationship with Tesla,” said Petersen COO Michael Bodell, noting that they also showcased the Tesla Cybertruck last year. “We also have the Model S concept on display alongside our original roadster.”