UPDATE: Tesla Model 3 Day 1 Reservation Holders Diecast Gifts

Red Tesla Model 3 at handover event


People have been waiting about two years for CEO Elon Musk’s promised “something special” for early Tesla Model 3 reservation holders, and now we know what it will be.

***Update – March 21: Since we published this post a few weeks ago, we’ve seen some nice photos of the Tesla Model 3 diecast replicas. One of our readers even shared images on our Forum. However, we didn’t have permission to share the pictures with you. Now, thanks to Imgur, you can see this beauty for yourself.

Anyone that follows Tesla and CEO Elon Musk knows that he’s been talking about a special gift for early (specifically, day one) reservation holders for some time. There have been plenty of questions over time asking what will these early adopters get as an exclusive gift?

Related – Musk Working On Gift For Tesla Model 3 Reservation Holders

Though deliveries began about seven months ago, there has been no official talk of the gift, aside from the fact that it’s still going to happen. However, there’s been a ton of speculation. A Franz-signed copy of original Model 3 design sketches, free Supercharging, a free Boring Company “safe” flamethrower, invite to an upcoming reveal event, etc. etc. The list could honestly go on and on and on.

Nope, none of the above seem to be the case. A recent Model 3 Owners Club Twitter thread stated:

Well, we all know that when a Tweet like that goes live and gets traction, people start talking and digging. Of course, these signature reservation-holders deserve to know what they might be getting, especially after all this time has passed. And, it can’t be kept a secret forever. Hence, Redditors grabbed it up and it seems we have some confirmation:

So, there it is. It appears as though day-one reservation-holders may get an exclusive Hotwheels/Matchbox car version of the Tesla Model 3, which may be eventually worth some big bucks someday.

Source: Twitter and Reddit via Electrek

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59 responses to "UPDATE: Tesla Model 3 Day 1 Reservation Holders Diecast Gifts"
  1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    A toy car?

    Personally I would prefer either dual onboard chargers or another HPWC.

    Toy car……..LMAO

    1. Kyuu says:

      You seriously thought Tesla was going to give away something that costs $500 or more to well over 100,000 people? And then you’re hostile when they don’t?

      It’s a free gift. They didn’t have to give anyone jack crap. Jesus…

      1. DJ says:

        Where in the heck in that post was he being hostile?

        I have to admit, I was kind of along the same lines. Hey, thanks for the interest free $1,000 loan!! Here’s your Hot Wheel car as a thank you.

        I didn’t think they were going to give them a dual motor for free or anything but how about $50 free SC charging for the first year or something. I mean that at least offsets the interest they saved 😀

        1. ST says:


        2. Warren says:

          Damn…I only get a dollar a month or so in interest for keeping $20000 in my checking account.

      2. jimjfox says:

        Embarrassing… cringeworthy. Make your $50,000 customer feel like a dork.

        1. jelloslug says:

          You know what I got from BMW for my $51,000 purchase? A small hunk of scrap in a cardboard frame and a $2 thumb drive.

    2. Bryan says:

      Dude you are disgusting. As others have said they don’t owe us anything. I appreciate the recognition and the effort. I will proudly display it in my office at home and bring it out to play when my grand kids come over.

      1. mxs says:

        Disgusting, really? That’s the word which came to your tongue first????

    3. Viking79 says:

      Model car, not toy car. My hunch is it will be a larger scale car (one of those 1:18 scale) than matchbox/hotwheels (1:64).

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        It’s neither, actually. It is a 1/43 die-cast according to an owner who has already received it.

  2. Bernhard says:

    I’d love to have a nice diecast model 3 – but hopefully not the matchbox crap.

    1. scott franco says:

      Hey! Matchbox cars used to be high quality.

      I had a large collection when I was a kid. I would probably be depressed to find out what that is worth today 🙁

      1. William says:

        If you had at least a few of the rare matchbox collectibles, you would be well on your way to putting down many $1000. Model 3 reservation deposits. Some $ 0.48 (1960s $) matchbox vehicles, have appreciated up to $ 9k at auction.

      2. Steven says:

        You really don’t want to know.

        Trust me on this.

        1. jimjfox says:

          NEVER trust anyone who says “Trust me…”

  3. Kevin Z says:

    He should have given out the toy car on the promised delivery date. That way it could’ve been reported that the model 3s arrived “Right on time”

    1. ffbj says:

      Yeah, that was a good one. I hear there were problems in the paint department.

    2. Unplugged says:

      Unfortunately, Trump’s EPA head, Scott Pruitt, has announced that any die cast models will count toward the fed tax credit 200K limit. The die cast cars will have to wait until after the final draw down on fed tax credits.


  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Diecast model” could be something crappy like a Hot Wheels car (altho I collected those as a kid, so what do I know?) or it could be something very nicely detailed.
    I’m guessing more towards the low end, though. Tesla is probably not gonna hand out highly detailed models which would retail for hundreds of dollars apiece just as a “thank you” to thousands of customers.

    A “Tesla Model S” thumb drive

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      Lol you know… from now on when people ask me “How do your charge your EV?”

      “I charge it by plugging it in every night just like my cell phone! You can install an L2 adapter, a typical wall outlet, or in a pinch a standard USB 3.0 port.” Then send them that picture.

  5. bro1999 says:

    Well that certainly makes all the delays worthwhile! Lol

    “You won’t be getting your real Model 3 anytime soon, so here’s a diecast to tide you over.”

    1. ffbj says:

      The die is cast.

    2. Get Real says:

      Yes, but unfortunately it doesn’t make your OC, serial anti-Tesla trolling/FUD worthwhile!

    3. Recoil says:

      Hey Bro isn’t it sad that there are more people interested in a die cast of the model 3 than there is of the real bolt?

    4. William Ames says:

      Now I know where they got the name “Tied Died (waiting for Model 3)” for all those Cool Hippy shirts, with all of those vibrant blended magically delicious colors!

      Maybe I can have them sprinkle my ashes in my back ordered Production Hell Model 3.

  6. Murrysville EV says:

    Gee, maybe I won’t cancel after all…

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:


      1. William was1.0, now 2.0 says:


  7. Didier says:

    Since there was no delivery date when I preordered my Model 3 there is no “delay” for me, I will be pleased to receive this gift this year and a full size car next year.

    Furthermore it seems that all US people who preorder *today* will be able to configure their car before me (European) who ordered on “day one”. But I do not complain since my present car works well and will for many years. Furthermore my Model 3 will be AWD and probably with a few improvements. I really do not understand all this people traumatized by waiting. If it is so painful to wait 2+ years why not buying a car in stock rather than one not even in production ?

    1. Mark C says:

      I don’t think I’d hold my breath to get it before (1) taking delivery of your new car, or at the very least (2) converting your reservation into a non-refundable order.

  8. CarGuy says:

    I thought the free gift was the nice sketch that was already mailed out to the people who waited in line. I don’t need anything else.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      I thought the same thing too.
      Maybe this is a “here’s a die cast toy, my bad for taking so long….” kind of thing.

    2. Martin Workman says:

      I agree with you Mr Car guy, i would be happy and presently surprised to get a letter signed by Mr Musk thanking me for waiting almost 2 years for my M 3. After all he never promised us anything but the car, right? I’m happy in any case, and I love my Model S.

  9. scott franco says:

    The diecast car is the good news.

    The bad news is that is all you get, and you paid $1000 for a diecast car.

  10. TM says:

    You just can’t make some people happy.

  11. WadeTyhon says:


    Sadly I’m not a day 1 reservation holder, but I’m gonna have to get one of these to go next to my Bolt EV and Volt die cast models. 🙂

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      I’m a day so far back reservation holder where 2020 is my purchase date. Get all them bugs out!!!


  12. MTN Ranger says:

    I would love for it to be a 1:18 scale diecast. I have that scale model size for each of my four previous cars.

  13. bebe says:

    I’d even just take a 1:1 scale diecast now…

  14. Elron says:

    Here is your toy car. Now go to your room and be quiet while playing with it! It is exclusive toy, nobody else have it. After all, it was $1000 bucks!

  15. ModernMarvelFan says:

    So, nothing for the day 2 reservation?

    Both paid $1000 pretty quickly.

    1. CarGuy says:

      You actually had to wait in line. Sorry.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “No good deed goes unpunished.” — Clare Boothe Luce

      The specific quote from Musk was, as I recall, “Something nice for those who waited in line.”

      Did you wait in line on Day 2? I’m guessing not.

  16. William says:

    St. Elon bringing the Bling!
    I hope us wanna B Model Y (day 1) reservation holder and line waiters, will get at least some of the same Tesla diecast LUV!

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Mike got a cookie, so I should too!

      This is why we can’t have nice things.

  17. Mister G says:


    Tesla haters can get free rides on all future falcon 9 launches.

  18. michael says:

    I don’t want a toy. Stop wasting time and produce my car.

    1. William says:

      St. Elon says,”Take the damn toy already, and with all of your sniveling, it’s to the back of the line with the likes of you!”

      Your now Model 3 Reservation holder
      # 501,999.

  19. Six Electrics says:

    Who says Tesla doesn’t advertise? It’s a great strategy. In fact, I like it so much that all the Christmas presents I will give this year will be bobbleheads of myself.

    1. Recoil says:

      Hey six will those Christmas presents go to your imaginary friends just like your imaginary Tesla’s?

      Then again a bobblehead is about the perfect way to describe a fudd like yourself.

    2. Martin Workman says:

      Now “That’s funny right there” I don’t care who you are! ?

  20. Henry says:

    A power bank in the shape of the Model 3 would be useful and looking nice on the desk. A 1:1 Model 3 at full price is even better – I can’t wait any longer (there were something like 700+ orders/deposits before me at the line in SJ store).

  21. Martin Workman says:

    I like everything Mr Musk is doing and I will wait as long as it takes. No complaints!

  22. HVACman says:

    Great news!

    And to add even more realism to the experience, I hear the die-cast replicas will be built using genuine surplus Model 3 battery module-assembly automation machinery recently-abandoned at the Gigafactory….so surely nothing will go wrong with getting these collectibles into all 1st-day reservation-holders’ hands right away!

  23. Murrysville EV says:

    Never mind, I cancelled my Day 1 reservation on March 15th.

    Besides, I don’t know how TSLA can say they’re die casting ‘your exact car’ when only a few people have actually configured theirs.

    I would have preferred a high-quality *actual* car with 250 miles range for $40k, with a few gauges and actual switchgear for the headlights, wipers, and cruise.

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      …..and a glove box you can open from the box and not have to open from the screen/console.

  24. TM says:

    maybe you get one after you order your car

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