Tesla owner donates his Model S to a museum exhibit in Scotland

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  1. simonalvarez0987

    simonalvarez0987 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2017


    A Tesla Model S P85+ is making its way to Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, thanks to a donation from businessman Chris Clarkson. The high-performance electric sedan will be part of the museum’s upcoming exhibit on automotive engineering ingenuity, which marks the bicentenary of inventor James Watt.

    Clarkson, who runs a web-based travel agency, donated the Tesla Model S P85+, stating that the electric car holds fond memories from him and his family. The donor further noted that when he purchased the Tesla back in 2013, he was only one of a handful of owners in Scotland. The entrepreneur remarked that he had to wait until 2014 before the Model S P85+ could be transported from Tilburg, Holland to Scotland.

    “My family have really enjoyed our time with this incredible machine and it’s exciting to see a car of the future now take up its place in history,” Clarkson said, according to The Scotsman.


    Clarkson (in red) with Glasgow Museums transport and technology curator Neil Johnson-Symington and conservator Andy Howe. Photos used with permission by Chris Clarkson.

    The Strathaven-based donor further noted that he is very happy to donate his Model S P85+. After all, Clarkson noted, the museum holds a special place in his heart.

    Glasgow Life and councilor David McDonald expressed his optimism about the Riverside Museum’s newest exhibit. According to McDonald, the Model S P85+ is a special vehicle, especially since it represents a breakthrough in the development of electric cars.

    “This car is a very special object. Clearly, it has benefited from Chris’s careful ownership and his experiences, but more than that, it is a pioneer representing a new dawn in electric vehicle development. In 2019, this stunning and technologically important car will be the centerpiece of an exhibition celebrating one of Scotland’s greatest inventors, James Watt,” Mcdonald said.

    For now, Clarkson’s Tesla Model S P85+ will be prepared for storage. It will be displayed at the Riverside Museum in 2019.

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  2. robinrhaney

    robinrhaney Member

    Oct 26, 2017
    A nice and generous gesture from this gentleman. The Model S was not quite the first mainstream market electric car in the UK, (ignoring Victorian era electrics), but I am sure it will come to be regarded as the harbinger of a future in which electric cars are just flat out more desirable than petrol and diesel cars, even disregarding the environmental factors.
    I will make a point of visiting this museum, which I have never been to, though it\'s only 90 miles from me.
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  3. J.Taylor

    J.Taylor Active Member

    Feb 13, 2017
    The Tesla S was *(and still is) a historic car that changed the future of transportation. It deserves a spot in a museum.

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