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These are images of the first production Tesla Model 3, shared by its owner. No, the planned handover party for the new Tesla’s first 30 customers has not happened yet – the owner of car number one is Elon Musk himself.

The Tesla CEO tweeted “Production unit 1 of Model 3 is now built and going through final checkout. Pics soon” before posting these two images of the new entry Tesla to Twitter late on Saturday night, US time.

A video has also emerged from “behind the scenes” of the first black and white pic above, and it shows the Model 3’s glass roof and a glimpse of that spartan dashboard – which apart from the steering wheel, a large landscape screen and a full-width slot as air vents, is completely bare.

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It’s not a given that every firstborn goes to Musk – he pointed out that the first to pay full price for the car gets in, and while he has the first Roadster and Model X, the first Model S is not his property. However, Tesla board member Ira Ehrenpreis, the first to put down deposit, gave the rights for car No.1 to Musk as a 46th birthday present.

Last week, Musk said that the Model 3 has passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule, and there will be a handover party for the first 30 customers late this month. Tesla plans to produce 100 Model 3 units in August, 1,500 in September and 20,000 in December, the visionary revealed.

The Tesla Model 3 order books have been opened for more than a year now, and the backlog should be rather big by now – days after Tesla started accepting orders, more than 300,000 people put down $1,000 deposits to have their name on the queue.

Tesla hasn’t updated the booking count, but Musk said last month that “there are more and more deposits every week.” But at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June, Musk did say that one who puts in an order then probably wouldn’t get their Model 3 before the end of 2018.

The from $35k electric car has been spotted testing, and the Model 3’s vital stats are in the open – the range is around 346 km vs 400-539 km for the Model S, 0-96 km/h time is 5.6 seconds vs up to 2.3 seconds for the Model S P100D, and cargo capacity is smaller too (396 vs 850 litres). Model 3 owners will not benefit from unlimited Supercharging use – it’s pay-per-use for the entry model.

The Tesla Model S and the Model X SUV have great tech, but are costly vehicles. With the Model 3 – which is priced at BMW 3 Series levels in the US – Tesla is bringing its EV revolution to the masses. Will it take flight and shake-up the auto industry?