Published on May 10th, 2013 | by Tina Casey0
New Tesla Model S Coupe Concept Evokes John Lennon’s First Car
May 10th, 2013 by Tina Casey
Tesla fan Theophilus Chin, who has attracted an online following with his series of digitally enhanced concept cars, has just treated his fans to a new rendering for a Tesla Model S coupe. He may be on to something. Chin comments that “there’s a huge market for an electric 2+2 GT,” by which we assume he means a Ferrari GT 2+2, which in the form of a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe was the first car owned by John Lennon.
Ticket To Ride
Lennon got his first car just about a month after recording “Ticket to Ride,” and coincidentally (cosmic or not), you can own John Lennon’s Ferrari, too. The car is being auctioned off this summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.
Or, you could wait for a Tesla Model S coupe, which would probably be a good deal less pricey. According to the New York Times, Lennon’s Ferrari cost about $170,00 brand new in today’s U.S. dollars and it is expected to bring up to $340,000 at auction.
Dreaming Of A Tesla Model S Coupe
Chin is probably right on the spot when he bets there is a huge market for a coupe that combines amazing styling with the superior performance of an all-electric drive, but then there’s that little issue of price point.
Come to think of it, Tesla already tried that market with the Model R roadster, which went out of production in 2011.
For his Model S coupe concept, Chin dialed it down to a more sedate (as in, more affordable-looking) form that looks like it could roll right off the production line in a couple of years, though we’re thinking that some time in the not too distant future, the combination of new lightweight biobased materials and next-generation EV batteries will bring prices down and allow designers more wiggle room for the fun stuff.
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