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George Clooney selling Tesla Roadster to fight Sudanese civil war

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  July 31, 2012 01:38 PM

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Can a $100,000 electric sports car really save the Sudanese people from another all-out civil war? George Clooney would like to think so.

The actor is auctioning his 2008 Tesla Roadster – the first production all-electric car since the GM EV1 and Honda EV Plus – to benefit his nonprofit Satellite Sentinel Project, which uses satellite imagery to monitor the borders of Sudan. The group apparently can pinpoint atrocities and other aggressions, to which it then notifies other world organizations. Auction house Gooding & Company estimates the car will fetch up to $125,000. Clooney’s car is one of the first 100 cars sold from California-based Tesla Motors. The Roadster is no longer sold in the US and a new one won’t debut until at least 2014, when Lotus (Tesla’s manufacturing partner) redesigns its mid-engine Elise.

The auctions will take place on Aug. 18 and 19 as part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a California gathering of the world’s wealthiest car connoisseurs and their rare motors. Jay Leno is also auctioning off his Fiat 500 “Prima Edizione,” one of the first 500 Fiats made for the US last year. The money will benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which helps the families of wounded American soldiers.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Jay Leno was not donating the proceeds to charity. He is, as stated above.

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