Musk simply Tweeted "200k" in a late Sunday message that appeared to build on his earlier statement that the truck, which was debuted in Hawthorne, California last week and will sell for just under $40,000, had received 146,000 pre-orders.
Tesla shares were marked 2.6% higher Monday, re-tracing some of the 6.14% the stock lost in the previous session, to change hands at $341.95 each.
The Cybertruck's unveiling, which sent shares sharply lower Friday, was marred when Tesla's head of design, Franz von Holzhausen, hurled a metal ball into the glimmering vehicle's driver-side window in an effort to demonstrate its shatter-proof durability.
The window, instead, cracked on impact -- as did a second attempt from von Halzhausen a few moments later -- eliciting an expletive from Musk and howls of laughter from the crowded theater.
"Room for improvement," joked Musk as the audience gasped at the twin cracked windows and the stunned expression his colleague's face. "It (the metal ball) didn't go through, so that's a plus side".
"The specifications for Tesla's new truck are impressive, to be sure, but the very aggressive angular styling is likely to be a tough sell for most pickup buyers," said JMP Securities analyst Joseph Osha. "This looks to us more like a play for the upscale urban SUV market - the Uber driver in Los Angeles who drove us back to the hotel was most impressed when shown a picture of the truck."
"We can imagine the Cybertruck being an option for buyers who might otherwise be thinking
about a Lincoln Navigator or a Range Rover," Osha said, adding Ford (F) - Get Ford Motor Company Report and General Motors (GM) - Get General Motors Company Report executives would be relieved by the high-tech launch. "We have a lot of difficulty imagining most F150 buyers making the switch."