Koenigsegg builds cars that aren't exactly cheap. Depending on the customer's solvency, the manufactory can also produce a one-off item upon request. The Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon is one. With a story that is anything but normal. It started in 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show. There Christian von Koenigsegg showed the Agera RS Gryphon. Which is not a normal Agera RS. But, at the customer's request, it got a more powerful engine, among other things. Its story conveys the stuff of an automotive legend.
Manny Khoshbin ordered the Agera RS Gryphon. The real estate investor is said to have a penchant for extravagant cars, and Koenigsegg is the perfect address. Although the “normal” Agera RS doesn't exactly have a reputation for being a sufficiently motorized car, Khoshbin ordered his copy with the engine of the Koenigsegg One: 1. Instead of just 1.160 hp, the Flexi-Fuel V8 now developed 1.360 horsepower.
Polished carbon fiber and inlays in 24-carat gold provided the desired look. Discreet, that's for sure, is very different. To round off the big show, there was a matching protective helmet. With visible carbon, 24-carat gold and Gryphon lettering, of course. The Gryphon, that goes without saying, was designed as a one-off and should be delivered promptly after the auto show in Geneva.
But it turned out quite differently.
In May 2017, a test driver from Koenigsegg sank the Agera RS Gryphon in a Swedish road ditch. It was wet, the driver had lost control. Annoying, but not the end. Manny Khoshbin and Koenigsegg agreed on a "replacement delivery". The collector got another, individually designed Agera RS.
Koenigsegg repaired the Gryphon and stated that he would like to use it internally in the future. Almost exactly a year later he was back. According to unconfirmed reports, it should have been the first trip in the newly built super sports car. It led from Ängelholm to Trollhättan. There Koenigsegg regularly uses the old Saab test track at the factory.
The Agera RS Gryphon crashed a second time.
And what happens is what is incredible. The car crashes a second time and ends up in the ditch again. Not on the test track, however, but within sight of the airfield and on a dry road. The circumstances that could have led to the accident are still unclear. Even if accident number 2 is not as dramatic as number 1, the press speculates about a curse that could be on the car.
Then the Agera RS Gryphon disappears from the scene.
Now he's reappeared. It is for sale in Lugano, the desired price is CHF 4.55 million (approx. € 4.25 million). The condition seems immaculate, you can be sure that the Gryphon has been rebuilt in the factory in Ängelholm according to the strictest guidelines. The Gryphon drove 1.870 kilometers. Fade, that's for sure, was hardly anyone. The price is, by Agera RS standards, not even remarkably high. Normal RS, if one can speak of normality with 25 pieces, are sold similarly. If one is offered.
The history, which is exciting and turbulent, represents Boiler car available to the solvent interested party on request. A copy with a lot of drama and eccentricity. Or to put it another way - the stuff that automotive legends are made of.
With images from Koenigsegg