A first-production Tesla Cybertruck recently sold for a whopping $400,000 at a charity auction hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Exclusive: Tesla Cybertruck VIN 002 Up for Grabs at Petersen Museum Charity Auction.
The futuristic, stainless steel-bodied electric pickup was auctioned off during the museum’s 29th Annual Gala on October 7th. Hosted by Jay Leno, the star-studded event featured the early VIN Cybertruck as a highlight of the evening’s festivities.
Bidding opened at $55,000, but rapidly escalated as attendees vied for the exclusive opportunity to own one of the very first production Cybertrucks. When bidding closed at the live auction, the winning bid landed at $400,000.
Proceeds from the event support the Petersen Museum’s educational programs and mission to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on global culture.
The successful bidder can now count themselves among the first Cybertruck owners, receiving an early VIN version months ahead of when production models hit the streets.
Public interest in the Cybertruck has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, with preorder numbers surpassing 2 million according to unofficial tracker spreadsheets, $100 reservation deposit has proven to be a small price to pay to get in line for this wildly nontraditional pickup.
The dual motor configuration appears to be the most popular, followed by the tri motor, based on the preorder data. The single and quad motor options make up a relatively small portion of reservations to date.