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Elon Musk shows off first official Tesla Model 3

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The owner of the first Tesla Model 3 car is … Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Elon Musk via Twitter)

The hundreds of thousands of customers who have plunked down deposits for the mass-market Tesla Model 3 electric car are finally getting a glimpse of what they’re buying.

In a pair of tweets, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off “Production Unit 1” for the Model 3, which rolled off Tesla’s assembly line in Fremont, Calif., and went through final checkout.

As you can see, the car is basic black. In a follow-up tweet, Musk noted that Ira Ehrenpreis, an early investor in Tesla who’s also on the company’s board, had the rights to the first Model 3 because he was the first to put down a full deposit.

However, Musk added in Twitter shorthand that he “gave those rights to me as my 46th bday present. Tks Ira!”

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By Alan Boyle

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