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Tesla Model 3: the ultimate eye-candy gallery to hold you over until ‘part 3 of the unveiling’


There are over 400,000 Tesla Model 3 reservation holders patiently (some impatiently) waiting for the vehicle. If Tesla sticks to its production plan, some of them will be able to get their vehicles toward the end of the year, but most of them will have to wait until 2018.

We should see the vehicle again before the start of deliveries, like at the upcoming “part 3” unveiling event for the Model 3 expected in the coming months, but in the meantime, here’s the ultimate eye-candy gallery of pictures to keep you salivating until the event.

I tried to find the sources of all the pictures, but I wasn’t able to trace them back for each one. Please let me know in the comments section if I missed any or post your own.

We are going to do it in chronological order starting with the original unveiling event in March 2016.

For most people, the livestream of the event was the first time they ever saw the Model 3.

CEO Elon Musk walked on stage and presented the first 3 prototypes of Tesla’s first mass-market electric vehicle and what should be the first long-range high-volume mass-market electric vehicle in the industry.

Well, the black and the silver vehicles were the only two actual working prototypes:

The red Model 3 is actually just a plastic body of the vehicle. Here it is at the unveiling:

The people attending the event were then able to get test rides in the two working prototypes. TechnoBuffalo has a good gallery of the test drives:

The prototypes were featuring new wheel designs that Musk says will make it to production:

After the event, they agreed to loan the silver prototype to Motor Trend for a photoshoot at the Gigafactory:

Around the same time, Tesla also started filming its own promotional content for the vehicle and Joseph Neuman crashed the shoot in the Marin Headlands:

The company released the official pictures soon after:

As a gift to those who reserved the car, Tesla gave signed design sketches of the Model 3 a few months after the unveiling event:tesla-model-3-ultimate-gallery-1

The prototypes were also spotted around in the wild, or sometimes at Tesla’s factory, headquarters or during official events on rare occasions.

For example, the matte black prototype ended up in a service center in June:

In July, Juan D. and Jamison Bair (via Instagram) visited the Fremont Factory and shared pictures of the prototype spotted in front of the building:

Richard Hennessy (via Instagram) got a ride in one of the prototype at the Fremont factory last August:

Tesla hosted what it called a “family and friend event” at a soccer stadium in San Jose in November and the automaker brought the silver Model 3 prototype. Ryan Eager shared a lot of pictures of the vehicle with us at the time:

Later that month, Tesla held its Solar Roof unveiling event and the silver Model 3 was present. Electrek’s Jameson Dow grabbed a few shots:

That’s going to be all for now. You can share more images in the comments section below and we will take a look.

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