AD #2834 – Musk Threatens to Move Tesla HQ; New Car Sales Starting to Recover; Do You Know This Old Car?

May 11th, 2020 at 11:59am

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Runtime: 8:30

0:07 CA County Says Tesla Can’t Reopen Assembly Plant
0:38 Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Move HQ Out of CA
1:30 Tesla’s China Sales Down
2:10 U.S. New Car Sales Pick Back Up
2:52 Dealers Need to Worry About Cybertheft
3:39 Mario Andretti Wants Ferrari to Join IndyCar
4:48 Skoda Dune Buggy That Never Made Production
5:46 Design Work Better During Lockdown
6:53 FCA Announces Winner of Student Design Contest
7:33 Can You Identify This Old Car?

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23 Comments to “AD #2834 – Musk Threatens to Move Tesla HQ; New Car Sales Starting to Recover; Do You Know This Old Car?”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s interesting that Elon would threaten to move to Texas, where he is not allowed to sell his cars. I guess that would be a little like Jack Daniel’s whiskey, which is in a dry county, where it can’t be sold.

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    Elon is sounding like a spoiled brat that can’t get his way. Screw you guys, I’m taking my ball and going home.

  3. Nick Thomas Says:

    It’s a 1928 Chandler Special Six Sedan, John.

  4. Bob Wilson Says:

    The web link is to story that reports Tesla Shanghi produced 11,211 Model 3. So selling a lower number, 3,635, simply means Tesla has inventory to sell. Recently Tesla reduced the price so their customers could take advantage of EV support rules. Let’s wait to see the May numbers.

    As for Fremont, it is located in an active earthquake zone. Tesla should take the lessons learned and build out a parallel assembly facility in Nevada next to the battery factory. Put a pair of tunnels between the buildings and another transportation problem solved. They can build a virgin paint plant and solve a problem Sandy Munro identified.

    As for a Texas plant, Kansas City or Saint Louis have significant advantages. They have educated workforce and excellent transportation. Texas is subject to tornadoes and fracking quakes.

  5. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2: indeed. The personality and drive which has made TESLA a success so far may not be what will keep them successful during the next phase. To me, it seems like consistent, steady leadership is needed from now on. No more new ideas and bravado, but execute, execute, execute. Elon Musk stepping out to develop his next big thing will also allow for stability in the leadership team instead of the revolving door caused by a brilliant leader.

  6. Barry T Says:

    Nice work, Nick! I found a link using your info:

  7. Todd Crews Says:

    Nick Thomas is close and faster than me but the bumper makes me think the old car is a 1929 Chandler Model 65

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I’m impressed. How did you know? Do you have a Chandler, or know someone who has one?

  9. Sam Fiorani Says:

    I agree with Nick on the Chandler. The four-opening grille and peaked bumper are the giveaways for Chandler. The two sets of louvers o the side mark it as a Special Six.

  10. merv Says:

    3 wins,good one. I had zero idea,thanks

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d heard of Chandler, but don’t know if I’ve ever seen one. They were one of many cars of the 19 teens and ’20s, that didn’t make it very far into the ’30s. I found that Chandler was bought by Hupp, and the Chandler name was discontinued shortly thereafter. Hupp folded in the late ’30s. I have seen a few Hupmobiles at shows.

  12. Ziggy Says:

    Did anyone else notice that during the story on Formula One that the red and white seats in the stands as the Mercedes-Benz race team car went by were arranged to look like the SS badges worn by the German special division troops during World War II? I’m sure it wasn’t intentional but I would think a German company would be a lot more careful before putting out a picture like that….

  13. Kerri Says:

    Musk has always been an odd character. Guy flip flops more than Mexican Jumping Bean. I don’t see Tesla being around a decade from now.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    More from Elon. They’re starting the plant.

  15. Chip Caruana Says:

    Agree, it’s most likely a ’29 “6-65″ Chandler.

  16. Larry D. Says:

    Elon Musk should make god his threat and leave CA, which is already saturated with Tesla cars, half the Teslas sold in the nation were sold in CA. He should search for a more appreciative state, which also has a huge potential for Tesla sales.

  17. Larry D. Says:

    As I mentioned before, I was expecting the car to make a BIG Comeback as people are afraid to use Mass Transit, especially in EUROPE, where many use it daily, and take their cars instead. This may result in delays, traffic jams etc in many places, BUT it will also help the low oil price (and for one day, the ridiculous negative oil FUTURES due to lack of storage) situation.

    I just read an article that this is already happening in Frankfurt. Germany was one of the best CV response places, far better than the other large Euro nations who had dismal stats.

    (today’s ANE)

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    With people afraid to use public transit during the plague, and with horrible traffic and limited parking in cities already, “telecommuting” will expand dramatically. Also, we may see more bicycles and motorcycles in cities, since they need much less parking space than four wheeled vehicles.


    I think Musk’s tweets are showing signs that the wheels are starting to come off TESLA. There is both a decline in sales and more importantly a steep decline in carbon credits since ICE vehicles are not selling. Contrary to TESLA’s public statements, carbon credit sales have always been the prop holding that company up.

    We will see when the next quarter results are posted. When you see its CEO lashing out though, you can kind of assume it isn’t going to be a great quarter for that company.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    #19 – We agree that Q2 2020 will be interesting.

  21. Larry D. Says:

    18 Sure. other changes will happen too. People will not go shopping, but, as in the old times, have their stuff delivered at home. Amazon will do real well, as well as others in the parcel business.

    Restaurants as we know them will not be the same. They were a poor value before the CV and they will be a risk factor on top of that after. Fast Food places peddled really unhealthy stuff before the CV (CR was on their case for decades) and I hope the population will change its habits and buy healthy food and cook it at home.

    Vacations will change, many will switch to road trips in their own cars with just family. Even in my case, I may not visit car museums unless they have really thin crowds, I’d rather go to an unpopular National Park (ie, few others will visit it then) instead.

  22. Larry D. Says:

    This should be interesting.

    Tesla DEFIED orders and RESUMED output.

  23. Larry D. Says:

    local Kroger gas prices (need a fillup in 2 days or 3), 1.89, 1.99, 2.19, 2.25 (diesel). I’ll get a min 20c discount plus a 2% CC cash back so diesel here will be cheaper to me than the premium an E350 gas would want, and of course that gas engine would get 28, not 37, HWY mpg.