Although not an original phrase, my wonderful wife suggested “Throwback Thursday” as a topic and given my affinity for alliteration I thought, why not?
On this day in 2006, Tesla Motors revealed its first roadster prototype in Santa Monica, California.
From zombdrive.com a picture of the first Tesla Roadster. The first such cars were actually not produced for the general public for almost two more years. It was the first electric car to be able to drive 200+ miles on a single charge and, given the fact that electric motors produce all of their torque immediately, the Tesla Roadster could accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds. (Yes, I am aware that Tesla has announced plans to produce an all-new roadster, but this is Throwback Thursday.)
This car was “based” on the Lotus Elise. Elon Musk took an active role in Tesla Motors in 2004 and the next year Tesla and Lotus entered into a development agreement. (Tesla Motors, now known simply as Tesla, was incorporated in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.)
Tesla is a very controversial company. Some people worship Musk and the company as the way to the future of the automobile. Others think the company, which is publicly traded (as of 2010) and has never earned a profit, is not on sound footing as the company often borrows money in order to keep operating. Others think that the traditional automakers, with their vast resources, will surpass Tesla in EV technology and production. Of course, no one really knows what will happen with Tesla and electric vehicles. Without question, whether or not Tesla still exists in five years, Elon Musk and the company with which he is so closely associated have left a mark on the automobile industry.
OK, more of a throwback:
From wallpaperup.com a picture of a 1935 Duesenberg LaGrande dual-cowl phaeton. To me, Duesenberg is a prime example that the phrase, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door” is often incorrect. Duesenbergs are worshiped as perhaps the ultimate in American cars and, today, can sell for millions. No expense was spared in their production and their technology and performance were way ahead of anything else on the road. However, due to the Great Depression and to mismanagement, the company folded in 1937.
Despite my lifelong love of automobiles, cars like this didn’t really interest me until recently. My auto universe has expanded and, hopefully, will continue to do so.
What would you like to see in future editions of Throwback Thursday? Hey, where else on the Internet are you going to see a Tesla and a Duesenberg in the same post?!