He’d have to have $6 million on hand to pay for it

If at first you don’t succeed, ask again. At least that’s the strategy I’m using with Santa now that the Koenigsegg One:1 prototype, the same model that coincidentally went up for sale at exactly the same time last year, is back on the market.

All joking aside, the hypercar has been listed for sale two times in the past. It has yet to find a buyer, which largely explains why it’s back to looking for one again. According to SuperVettura, the asking price still stands at $6 million, which makes it almost twice as expensive as the other six models Koenigsegg built. The price is definitely up there, but Koenigsegg and SuperVettura are banking on the car’s unique history as its biggest selling point.

On that end, they wouldn’t be wrong. This particular One:1 is unlike any of the other that were built, largely because this is the actual prototype that was used in the development of the other models. That plays into the uniqueness of the model because it’s the same model that was shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It’s also the same model that was used as a test vehicle to develop the car’s array of technological features and it’s the same model that was used to set lap records for a production car at the Suzuka and Spa Francorshamps race tracks. In terms of having the Koenigsegg One:1’s entire history attached to it, this is the model that you’re going to want to have.

On the other hand, this One:1’s busy life comes at the cost of it being driven ragged by Koenigsegg’s engineers. It’s a surprise that it still only has 7,100 miles in its odometer given the thousands of miles of testing it’s been subjected to. Fortunately, any interested buyer still has Koenigsegg’s assurance that the car remains in pristine condition and will be delivered complete with an “extensive factory refresh,” just as it also promised 12 months ago.

It’s still anyone’s guess if somebody will take up the offer to buy the One:1 prototype for $6 million given the quirks – good and bad – that it comes with. My guess is the price would have to be lowered a little bit, but at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if a deep-pocketed collector bites at the asking price.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Heavy price for a unique hypercar

Say what you will about the Koenigsegg One:1 prototype’s mileage and history, but it still packs 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. It’s also capable of sprinting from 0 to 248 mph in a staggering 20 seconds before peaking at a reported top speed of 280 mph. The numbers are there to justify the One:1 prototype’s $6 million price tag and if you’re the type who appreciates history at the cost of racking up 7,000 miles on the road, this is as good of a purchase as you’re going to get.

But I also can’t fault those who suddenly become hesitant in making that purchase. $6 million is still $6 million, and there are a lot of zeros attached to that price. That kind of money doesn’t grow on trees and it surely can’t be recouped just as quickly. That’s the tricky part about making this purchase because the history attached to this particular One:1 means that you’re buying it for that as much as the car itself.

At the very least, you can ask yourself if it’s worth owning one of seven Koenigsegg One:1’s in the world today for that price. I know what my answer’s going to be because I don’t have $6 million lying around somewhere, but if you do, it’s an important question to ask. And if it helps in the decision-making process, one of the six “regular” One:1 models was confiscated last month after its owner, Equatorial Guinea Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, came under fire for allegations of corruption and money laundering, among others.

It’s unclear what the fate of that One:1 is going to be, but if it ends up being lost forever, this prototype could end up being more expensive than the $6 million price tag SuperVettera is asking for it. Food for thought, right?

Read our full review on the Koenigsegg One:1 here.

Source: SuperVettera

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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