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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The RS badging on the rear spoiler in gold leaf…..

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Gold leaf has been applied to the front winglets, air ducts and even the towing eyelet:

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A close up of the towing eyelet, with a thin gold line down the front of the housing:

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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.

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Naraya’s hollow carbon fibre rims received a gold ring around the outer edge while the central hub has been gold plated:

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Even the ring around the headlamps got the gold leaf treatment.

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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:

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The door sills:

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Even the steering wheel and instrument pod have received the blue tint. Note also, the gold leaf treatment on the steering wheel nameplate.

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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.

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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.

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Back to Salon Privé….

Salon Privé is part Concours d’Elegance, part car show, part luxury schwingfest and part garden party.

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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.

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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.

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A few more examples of the outstanding vehicles on display, including one of the earliest DB-era Aston Martin’s I’ve seen.

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This powder blue Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was one of just 67 RHD models made in 1964.

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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.

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Every classic car show seems to have (at least) two essential ingredients nowadays: a smattering of V12 Ferraris and a Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing.

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And, let’s not forget the classic Porsches…..

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Ferrari Daytona:

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And another Miura, because…… Miura.

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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.

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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.

Job done!

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11 comments

  1. Comment by Jeroen Hellemond

    Jeroen Hellemond September 3, 2016 at 07:41

    I heard the Naraya even won a prize, is that correct? And if so, which prize was it?

    • Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

      Nimalan Rajagopalan September 3, 2016 at 11:14

      I’d like to know as well!

      Most probably the awrd for the most expensive car AND the most attention to detail ever seen in a car…… 🙂

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade September 3, 2016 at 11:16

      I believe so. I’m just awaiting some more information…..

  2. Comment by Grant vine

    Grant vine September 3, 2016 at 09:04

    Stunning. Great article by great cars guys.

  3. Comment by Jyoshil Pitamber

    Jyoshil Pitamber September 3, 2016 at 09:14

    This car is pure baller. Bling. Extraordinary. The Chariot of Opulent Abundant Luxury. I’m lost for words. Congratulations Pasin!

    Koenigsegg inspired me for my business (idea), and I know it will grow and I will be a special client soon! Your attention to detail is out of this world. It’s just mental. It takes my breath away. Here’s a toast to the Team!

  4. Comment by Romac

    Romac September 3, 2016 at 21:08

    ‘Naraya’ is indeed an amazing car amongst amazing cars. The attention to detail is awesome, but the frustrated cabinet maker in me spotted one thing… …I’m sure the screws for the name plate were carefully chosen, but the heads didn’t seem to quite line up. Maybe it was just the angle of the photo?

    • Comment by Jon Paul

      Jon Paul September 6, 2016 at 00:54

      a bit pedantic, hey?
      i cant spot any flaws in the placement. maybe disconnect from your passion/career/job [cabinet] and regale in this one of a kind work of art.

  5. Comment by Claus-Dietrich Werner

    Claus-Dietrich Werner September 6, 2016 at 19:44

    Great Story, Swade!
    And surely, the Naraya is a piece of art. If you love it, you love it. If I had the pennies, I would spend just a tiny few more on the screws of the “custom built name plate” (seconding Romac). Sorry to say, but they look real cheap, and whoever fixed the name plate didn’t really care for total perfection. You can do better!

    • Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

      Nimalan Rajagopalan September 9, 2016 at 13:20

      I dunno……

      Maybe you’re right, Claus. The screw heads, I think, are common Frearson[or philips?] heads and look slightly worn at places and are indeed cheap looking. Moreover, the top-left screw has been turned to a ‘+’ while the others are turned to a ‘x’. Not very uniform.

      But then again, saying the the screw heads are improperly aligned would be a little nit-picky don’t you think, Romac?

  6. Comment by Chris Catto

    Chris Catto September 11, 2016 at 10:18

    Beautiful photos Steven, especially the Iso Grifo and Jaguar D-Type.

    I’m not into diamonds and gold but the detail that is very good about Naraya is the blue alcantara-like interior. It reminds a bit of the interior of the first CC8 prototype and of some race cars (not all have black or red bucket seats).

    Hopefully the tow eye will never have to be used! As an owner I would have opted for a replaceable brass insert! When they towed my car it destroyed the machined aluminium tow eye but thankfully one can bolt on another.

  7. Comment by Thomas Taylor

    Thomas Taylor September 20, 2016 at 02:53

    Damn, those are some gorgeous looking cars. Especially fancy that Naraya, it’s really a work of art. I hope it’ll be in my price range one day haha. Thanks for the gorgeous pics Steve!

    /Thomas

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