First Tesla Model S delivery made 2 weeks early
The Tesla Model S Signature Series is slated to begin delivery on June 22, about 2 weeks from now, but that didn't stop Tesla from delivering Model S #001. Apparently it pays to be a venture capitalist investor in Tesla and a member of Tesla's board, because the delivery was reportedly made to venture capitalist and Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson.
According to a report on the Business Insider, Twitter user Evan Moore spotted the delivery at the Stanford Graduate of Business. Of course he whipped out his cell phone, snapped a picture, posting it to Instagram and Twitter. The picture shows the rear end of a red Model S, with a license plate reading "TSLA S1," in a parking garage.
How did Jurvetson, and not Elon Musk, get to be the purchaser of the first Model S? The Mercury News reported back in 2010 that Jurvetson was simply the johnny-on-the-spot. He'd seen details of the Model S in the information packet given to directors in 2009, and badly wanted one of the cars. Immediately when the Board set the price of the Model S, Jurvetson immediately whipped out a blank check and filled it out for the full price, which starts at $87,900, on the spot, beating Musk to the punch. Musk is reportedly driving #002 around the LA area right now, of course.