Monterey

13-15 August 2015

The Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction

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Lot 122

2008 Koenigsegg CCXR

  • Chassis no. YT9XD33B28A007041

Sold for $825,000


1,018 bhp, 4,700 cc DOHC aluminum V-8 with twin Rotex centrifugal superchargers, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones and two-way adjustable VPS gas-hydraulic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.7 in.

  • Koenigsegg’s brilliantly engineered CCXR; capable of producing 1,018 horsepower on E85 ethanol and 0–100 km/h in 3.1 seconds!
  • Presented at the opening of Koenigsegg Abu Dhabi and the 2007 Middle East International Motor Show
  • Featured in the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five
  • Numerous factory upgrades performed by an authorized Koenigsegg specialist, including an Agera-spec suspension
  • One of only five examples currently in the U.S.; just two owners and showing only 441 original miles
  • Very desirable six-speed manual transmission


Starting your own supercar company is not for the faint of heart. Few succeed in their dreams of challenging the establishment. Thus, at the age of 22, the odds were definitely stacked against Christian von Koenigsegg, but his incredible attention to detail and engineering quickly won over skeptics, and they helped to establish his company as one of the most progressive in the industry.

SWEDEN’S SUPERCAR

At the age of 5, Christian saw a Norwegian stop-motion film about a bicycle repairman who built his own racing car and he was inspired to follow the same route. He founded Koenigsegg in Ängelholm, Sweden, in 1994. Koenigsegg began building their first production car, the CC8S, in 2002. Remarkably, it was instantly lauded as one of the best supercars ever built and was crowned the World’s Most Powerful Production Car by The Guinness Book of World Records.

Its replacement, the CCR, took to the Nardo ring in Italy in 2005, where it reached a top speed of 388 km/h, besting the record held by the McLaren F1 for nearly seven years, to become the world’s fastest production car.

His next supercar was the CCX, and again, Koenigsegg was ready to once more raise the bar against all other supercars and subsequently introduced the CCXR. While the engines in previous cars were based on a Ford engine block design, the CCXR boasted Koenigsegg’s own unique engine design, which was fully developed and assembled at their facilities in Ängelholm. The engine was brilliantly designed and delivered incredible power, coupled in a lightweight package, and it even complied with the ever-increasing emissions regulations of the time.

This was achieved by engineering it to run on E85 ethanol instead of conventional petrol, making the world's first "green conscious" supercar. The CCXR can run on regular petrol or pure E85 or in any mixture in between as it features flex-fuel technology. While running on normal petrol, the CCXR’s engine can produce 806 brake horsepower, but when fueled by E85 ethanol, the car can produce a monstrous 1,018 brake horsepower, allowing Koenigsegg to reclaim its title as the producer of the world’s fastest production car.

It goes without saying that performance was absolutely astounding. A 0–100 km/h sprint takes 3.1 seconds, doubling that in just 8.9 seconds. Furthermore, accelerating from a stop to 200 km/h and braking back down to a full stop again takes only an incredible 13.7 seconds. Unlike other supercars with comparable performance figures, the CCXR is drastically more efficient when running on E85 ethanol.

Widely acclaimed by the world's press, it is worthwhile to note that the CCX holds the 7th fastest lap time on the Top Gear test track, and the CCXR is even faster than its non-E85 powered sibling. Furthermore, It was named #1 Power Car by the German magazine Power Cars in 2008 and Forbes Magazine called the CCXR "One of the 10 Most Beautiful Cars in History" in 2009.

Visually, these cars are striking, but the most interesting and renowned aspect of Koenigsegg’s design are its Dihedral Synchrohelix doors, which open both outwards and upwards in a unique fashion to improve egress and ingress in close quarters. Another unique build characteristic is the car’s convertible top. Thanks to the inherent structural rigidity of the car’s carbon fiber monocoque, the roof can be removed, turning the car into one of the fastest convertibles ever produced. Even more incredible is that the top can be securely stowed away in one piece in the car’s nose, allowing for the roof to be kept with the car at all times, rather than having to be left at home and out of reach in the case of impending rain. Finally, the car’s incredible power is harnessed by a six-speed manual transmission, allowing it to be named amongst other great late-model, analog supercars and giving it character and soul all its own.

CHASSIS NUMBER 041: AROUND THE WORLD

This particular Koenigsegg was born as the 41st Koenigsegg built and was originally destined for the Middle-Eastern market. Within CCXR produciton, it stands as one of eighteen examples produced, one of five currently in the U.S., and one of just three in the U.S. fitted with a manual transmission. It was first seen at the opening of Koenigsegg Abu Dhabi in October 2007, and later that month, it was displayed at the 2007 Middle East International Motor Show in Dubai. Afterwards, the car returned to Koenigsegg Abu Dhabi and was on display as the company’s newest and most impressive model for several months before it eventually returned to Sweden.

Interestingly, the car was offered as the second grand prize in the 2008 Cash and Cars Lottery, in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society. It was shipped to Bentley of Calgary, where it was displayed prior to the drawing. However, the winner, Louie Edgi of Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada, opted to take a cash prize instead of the car. Despite the allure of one of the world’s fastest and most impressive supercars, Edgi felt that the CCXR simply was not practical enough considering where he lived. His hometown of Norman Wells boasts a population of less than 800 people, has one 12-kilometer road, and is only accessible to the outside world by air!

The Koenigsegg returned to Ängelholm, Sweden, and in 2009, it was sold to a U.S.-based customer. At this time, the car was fitted with nine-spoke wheels, a newer three-gauge dashboard, and a passenger-side airbag, and red rear side-markers were fitted for U.S. federalization. As the car looked truly striking in black over two-tone black and white, it remained unchanged cosmetically, retaining its original color scheme.

Chassis number 041 was delivered to its first owner in Florida after the completion of the modifications in February 2010. Shortly after, it was featured in the fifth installment of the acclaimed Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five, alongside Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and CCXR chassis number 072 (owned by the same Florida collector), in one of the final scenes of the movie. The car was purchased by its current and second owner in 2012, and it still continues to remain in as-new condition. Despite having traveled to three separate continents during its life, chassis number 041 currently shows 441 miles on its odometer. Additionally, Koenigsegg Automotive AB is pleased to extend the winning bidder of this CCXR an invitation to tour its factory in Ängelholm as an official welcome to the Koenigsegg family. Please contact an RM Sotheby’s representative for additional information regarding this incredible opportunity.

During its time in Florida, the car was maintained by Rock Ruby, a Florida-based, Koenigsegg-certified mechanic. Just prior to its current owner’s acquisition, Ruby performed a series of factory upgrades to the car, which included updating the suspension to newer Agera specifications. Since then, the car has received its requisite annual services, and it remains ready for road use.

In its 21-year history, Koenigsegg has again and again proven that it is willing to take the road less traveled in designing and engineering cars that can take the fight to the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. From the moment the driver slides easily into the car, past its Dihedral Synchrohelix doors, presses the ignition and starter buttons on the dashboard, hears the unique twin-supercharged V-8 rumble to life, and slides the very desirable six-speed manual transmission into first gear, it is clear that the CCXR is a very special automobile, offering a wholly different experience to anything else available today.

Addendum

Please note that due to California emissions this vehicle will need to be purchased by a dealer or out-of-state resident.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

csmyth@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more