Ford Paid $200,000 for an Early Tesla Model X Founders Series Edition

Ford Motor Company has acquired a second-hand Tesla Model X Founders Series. According to reports, the Michigan-based automaker bought the car for $199,950, excluding taxes, which exceeds the sticker price by over $55,000.
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Like most carmakers, Ford will probably test, examine, and compare the electric SUV to its models. The company will surely benchmark it in controlled conditions against some of the cars in its portfolio, a task easily accomplished by this unit, as it’s a P90D with the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, enough for a 0-60 MPH (96 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds.

The first report came from Autotrader, a specialist website that tracked down the car by its license plate and VIN, and then discovered its selling price.

The unit in question is the 64th Model X, and it is a Founders Series version. The white SUV was first owned by a California coin dealer, who obtained it through the company’s customers-referral promotion.

Having sold 11 Tesla cars, the Californian coin collector took delivery of the Model X in Chicago and sold it to a dealer. He managed to obtain a profit from the sale, and the car ended up being bought by Ford Motor Company last month.

Contacted by Bloomberg, Ford’s representatives admitted that they bought the car, but did not specify the precise purpose of the acquisition and who is driving the vehicle. Reports stated that Lincoln’s chief designer was seen at the wheel, but Ford Motor Company officials refused to comment the possibility.

Instead, Ford’s representatives explained that it is common practice for automakers to purchase production cars for testing as soon as they are released, and admitted that they sometimes pay over sticker price to obtain the cars faster. In other words, Ford confirmed both the fact that they bought the Model X, which already had plates registered to the automaker, and paying extra for the chance of owning it as soon as possible.

Ford is not the only automaker to buy Tesla models for the benchmarking process. Tire manufacturers also buy or rent various cars for events and internal testing procedures. Most likely, other companies do the same in competitive industries, as the IT world, but those purchases are not so easy to discover.

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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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