If you’re wondering where the next chapter in #Build128 is hiding, I can tell you it’s in the works. There were two things that slowed the public’s perception of progress on chassis #7128. The first was the Geneva Motor Show. The second was some amazing detail work being applied to chassis #7127, which you’re about to see right now.
#7127 has been the recipient of some incredible gold leaf treatment courtesy of Ettore ‘Blaster’ Callegaro. Ettore is a master at custom detailing for all sorts of vehicles with a particular love for motorcycles. He specialises in hand-drawn pinstripes and detail work and has been known to draw up to 1000 meters worth of lines on a vehicle (when the job calls for it). Working with gold leaf is another one of Ettore’s specialties.
This isn’t Ettore’s first job for Koenigsegg. Many of you will be familiar with a Koenigsegg called the Hundra. Built to celebrate our 100th chassis, the Hundra also featured plenty of gold-leaf and it was Ettore who did the work to make that car look so special.
Watching Ettore work is a masterclass in craftsmanship. The sheets of gold leaf are extremely fine, less than the width of a human hair. They come on a tissue paper backing.
What follows is a very simplistic description of a very complex and time consuming process…..
Glue is applied to the area that’s going to receive the gold leaf. The gold leaf itself isn’t applied until the glue has dried a little. It’s a lot easier to work with when it’s tacky rather than in any way runny.
On large or continuous surfaces, the golf leaf is applied by laying the sheet over the glued area and then removing the portion that isn’t in touch with the glue.
When he’s finished applying the gold leaf, Ettore uses a tool about the size of a cork from a bottle of wine, or champagne. It has a piece of material on the bottom and Ettore twists this area against the gold leaf to create this ‘turned’ finish.
That turned finish features prominently over the whole car wherever larger, flatter surfaces get the gold treatment.
There are a number of small pieces getting gold as well, such as the badges, air vents and more. For these pieces, the gold leaf is brushed away from its backing sheet and brushed on to the piece. It’s a strange process to watch as the leaf is so thin it almost acts like water when it’s brushed on to the tacky, glued surface.
#7127 is going to look amazing when it’s done. All of our cars look amazing but it’s the personal touches that our customers put into them that make each car unique.
Enjoy the rest of the photos. Click to enlarge.