As the unofficial waiting list for the Model X sweeps past 20,000, and with production still months away, it seems we will witness three memorable phenomena when those wings finally start flapping:
1. Hype at a level unseen since the original Mustang.
2. Tesla cutting off new orders
Recent examples of number 3 include the Chevy Volt and Camaro. Some of the scalpers were not scalpers in the baseball-game sense, but actually GM dealers who marked the cars up far over the MSRP. Others were indeed private buyers who simply cashed in on a chance to Ebay their cars at a profit.
Obviously, Tesla stores would never apply an addendum sticker on the Model X, but undoubtedly some X owners will sell at a profit to salivating enthusiasts desperate to be seen in a Model X pronto. The actual street value? TeslaMondo will hereby predict it’s $250,000. We’re likely talking about the world’s most-wanted vehicle 2015-2017, regardless of the vehicle’s real-world performance. Even in some nightmarish scenario — say those falcon doors develop an appetite for small children — you can replace children in a mere nine months or so. Try replacing your Model X.