If you’re waiting to take delivery of a Tesla Model 3, you could well be in for a long wait despite Tesla’s ramping up of production efforts, which is an inconvenience at best. At worst, it could be a ticking clock for Stage Four cancer, which is what one Tesla fan was facing.

He made his enthusiasm known on a Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum of which he is a member. “Well, I’d love to see November deliveries! I have terminal Stage Four cancer and have been told I may only three to four months to live. The last thing on my bucket list is our Model 3 and I’d like to have a few days to experience and enjoy it. I wonder if there is any flexibility in the queue?”, he wrote.

This was picked up by another forum member, Bonnie Norman who reached out to him, for him to at least try the Model 3 if his new car’s delivery couldn’t be expedited sufficiently.

This test drive for the cancer-stricken man indeed took place, and Norman contacted Tesla for a possibility for him to take delivery of his Model 3 sooner. The next day, November 26, Tesla sent him an invitation. Delivery took place yesterday at Tesla’s Fremont delivery centre, and the cancer patient received VIP treatment complete with a private factory tour, led by Tesla president of sales and services Jon McNeil.

The Tesla Model 3 is the most compact model in the brand’s range, starting from US$35,000 in its native United States for a base model with 354 km of range and capable of 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. A further US$9,000 brings range to 499 km, with its 0-100 km/h time improved to 5.1 seconds and top speed pushed to 225 km/h.

GALLERY: Tesla Model 3