I drove my first Tesla 6 years ago - and I still believe it's the best thing the company has created


Tesla Roadster Drive 2016

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Brings me back.

You never forget you first Tesla.


Back in 2010, right after the company had survived a near-death experience, I was offered the chance to sample what was then the car maker's only vehicle: the original Roadster.

It's hard to overestimate the importance of this car, which sold for over $100,000, turned in blistering acceleration, and could top 200 miles on a single charge.

The Roadster changed our minds forever about what an electric car could be and launched Tesla on a road to its current $30-billion market cap and a portfolio of, by 2017, three vehicles: the Model S sedan, the Model X SUV, and the Model 3 car for the masses.

Last year, I reminisced about my first time with a Tesla to one of the company's staffers. This led to a question: Do we even have a Roadster around to check out anymore?


They found one, and I was reunited with my old friend in Los Angeles, on the eve of the Model 3 unveiling.

Something both poetic and romantic about that, I think. Read on to see what it was like.