Outspoken auto-industry veteran, Bob Lutz, has called on vehicle collectors to buy a Tesla Model S "while they're still available", insinuating the Silicon Valley startup isn't far from its demise.
An article in the Los Angeles Times quotes a speech from the former General Motors vice chairman in Scottsdale, Arizona last week, saying in 25 years time people will be looking back thinking "too bad [Tesla] went broke".
" [The] Model S, especially with the performance upgrades, is one of the fastest, best handling, best braking sedans that you could buy in the world today," Lutz said, "The acceleration times will beat any $350,000 European exotic."
"Twenty-five years from now, [the Model S] will be remembered as the first really good-looking, fast electric car. People will say 'Too bad they went broke."
While a big fan of the electric sedan, Lutz took a swing at Tesla's own outspoken figurehead, Elon Musk, arguing he "hasn't figured out the revenues have to be greater than costs … when you are perennially running out of cash you are just not running a good automobile company".
"I don't see anything on the horizon that's going to fix that, so those of you who are interested in collector cars may I suggest buying a Tesla Model S while they're still available."
Despite Lutz's comments, Tesla's stock closed last Friday 1.58 per cent up at $350.02 ($437.02). Market value, meanwhile, is listed at US$58.7 billion ($73.29b).