If the proselytizing mouthpieces for Tesla’s automotive saviorhood were to hear this, they might just wail and gnash teeth. But it’s true: Elon Musk almost sold Tesla to Google for just $11 billion—in 2013.

Coming to us by way of Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, an excerpt of which appears on Bloomberg (via The Car Connection), the news is at once unbelievable and entirely expected.

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Musk, the man who keeps trying to land drone rockets on a drone boat in the ocean, has been called a real-life Tony Stark. Regardless of his superhero status, however, he’s a smart and accomplished businessman, one who has already made billions. Selling Tesla for a tidy 11 more of those billions could have made great sense.

But Tesla could ultimately prove to be worth much, much more, too.

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There was a sequence of events that led to Musk’s approach to Google for a sale, and another sequence of events that ended up keeping it from happening. Now the future looks very much brighter--so much so that it's hard to imagine Musk arranging the deal in the first place.

To find out those details, and more, read the full story over at The Car Connection.