After two crashes, the lavish hypercar is back.
When a car gets crashed twice before being delivered to a customer, you wouldn't blame an automaker for taking the hint and leaving it be. However, it appears Koenigsegg can't leave the lavish one-off Agera RS Gryphon alone.
It was originally ordered by Iranian-born California real estate mogul and Instagram hero, Manny Khoshbin. When Koenigsegg said it planned to only make 25 of the 284-mph hypercars, Khoshbin managed to order the last one. It featured a removable roof and 24-karat gold leaf details integrated beautifully into the carbon fiber. Unfortunately, while undergoing pre-delivery testing on the Swedish automaker's Trollhattan track, it was crashed.
Koenigsegg and Khoshbin reached an agreement about a replacement that he called the Agera RS Phoenix because it rose from the ashes of the Gryphon. Meanwhile, Koenigsegg rebuilt the original to use as a demo vehicle, and then it was involved in another accident, not far from where the original crash took place in 2017.
That doesn't appear to be the end of the Gryphon's story though. An avid Koenigsegg car spotter on Instagram going by the name photochristofferf has snapped a picture of the car after being rebuilt again by the Swedish automaker.
Presumably, the tape all over the Gryphon is just there to protect the paint as it begins testing again. Lest we forget, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a 1,360 horsepower rocket ship that weighs just 3,064 lbs. Measured in kilograms, it has almost the same power-to-weight ratio as the infamous Koenigsegg One:1 car.
As for Khosbhin, he came out of the deal well. He took delivery of an even more lavishly equipped Agera RS Phoenix that included a gold-covered exhaust pipe and a unique $300,000 wing. He sold it not long after for $4.1 million and scoring himself a $1.9 million profit, which goes to show you don't make the kind of money Khosbhin has to splash around without being willing to sell just about anything. Famously, when asked about that, he told CNBC that the only thing he would never sell is his wife and kids.