Thursday, September 1, proved to be a wonderful late-summer day in Oxfordshire. The sun was shining as the guests arrived, dressed in their finest, for the opening day of Salon Privé for 2016.
The Agera XS marked the debut of the US-spec Agera RS at Monterey in August and Supervettura, Koenigsegg’s authorised dealer in the UK, were thrilled to be hosting the world debut of the European-spec Agera RS ‘Naraya’ at this year’s Salon Privé.
Naraya features a body in blue-tinted clear-carbon with highlights finished in gold leaf. The owner was intimately involved in the design process and enjoyed a special presentation of the car at the Koenigsegg factory the week before Salon Prive. His satisfaction was also clearly evident as the car was unveiled to the public for the first time on this sunny summer’s day on the lawns of Blenheim Palace.
A closer look at ‘Naraya’
The Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Naraya’ is particularly notable because of the level of detail that went into planning the finish of the car.
Naraya’s most prominent gold leaf finishing is in the side stripes and the sections of gold leaf on the front and rear hood. The front hood features dramatic striping in gold, as well as gold trim on the air vents.
The following images show how even some of the smallest parts received the gold leaf treatment to ensure that the job was done completely to the owners’ satisfaction.
Here, you can see the gold leaf on the side skirts of the car and the Naraya badge. But note also the thin gold line above the Naraya badge, which seperated the blue-tinted carbon from the standard clear-coated carbon.
The RS badging on the rear spoiler in gold leaf…..
Gold leaf has been applied to the front winglets, air ducts and even the towing eyelet:
A close up of the towing eyelet, with a thin gold line down the front of the housing:
This is the air intake duct. The photo also gives a good view of the turned finish applied to the gold leaf, with each turn done by hand using a special tool the size of a champagne cork.
Naraya’s hollow carbon fibre rims received a gold ring around the outer edge while the central hub has been gold plated:
Even the ring around the headlamps got the gold leaf treatment.
Naraya is the first Koenigsegg ever to have its carbonfibre tub chassis painted. The tub is normally finished in the natural carbon grey but on Naraya, it is finished in blue-tinted carbon.
The blue tint as seen on the inside of the door:
The door sills:
Even the steering wheel and instrument pod have received the blue tint. Note also, the gold leaf treatment on the steering wheel nameplate.
The engine bay, where the air box is finished in blue carbon and the gas struts supporting the rear hood are covered in gold leaf.
Finally, Naraya has a custom-built name plate featuring 155 cultured diamonds made by Ada diamonds in the United States. We will do a feature on its design and build in a few weeks.
Back to Salon Privé….
Salon Privé is part Concours d’Elegance, part car show, part luxury schwingfest and part garden party.
There’s a lot for the well-heeled to see but for your most humble correspondent, it was – as it should be – all about the cars.
The scale is much smaller than Monterey Car Week but the standard is just as high.
As at Monterey, the Lamborghini Miura was celebrated on its 50th birthday. If one of the blue Miuras looks a little different here, that’s because it was custom painted in what we can only describe as ‘nail polish blue’, complete with glitter. Miuras are meant to stand out from the crowd and this one certainly did.
The Concours d’Elegance judging took place in the paddock but all cars on show were also part of a Concours parade. Judges are in the tent to the left and the lucky ones from the crowd who managed to secure a seat are to the right.
A few more examples of the outstanding vehicles on display, including one of the earliest DB-era Aston Martin’s I’ve seen.
This powder blue Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was one of just 67 RHD models made in 1964.
This 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk II had only just completed a rally event in China before being shipped back to England for Salon Privé.
Every classic car show seems to have (at least) two essential ingredients nowadays: a smattering of V12 Ferraris and a Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing.
And, let’s not forget the classic Porsches…..
And another Miura, because…… Miura.
To finish, a handful of classic silhouettes taken as vehicles left the Concours d’Elegance parade and did a lap around the Blenheim Palace estate. Feel free to identify them in comments if you wish.
We bid Salon Privé a fond farewell for 2016.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Naraya’ was received with enthusiasm and looked resplendent in the English summer sun. Clients and guests were warmly received and treated to an amazing display of both current and classic cars.