Koenig C62

What did a million dollars buy the supercar enthusiast in 1991? The most exclusive answer to that question was undoubtedly the Koenig C62. Customizer Willy Koenig’s speciality was tuning other people’s supercars and the German outfit produced some outrageous machines — like a thousand-horsepower Ferrari Testarossa — to delight those with bottomless pockets who wanted to go faster than anyone else on road or racetrack.

The C62 started life as a Porsche 962 Cl chassis, but the end result was so different from the legendary racer that it became the only Koenig production that actually bore the company name. This extraordinary mid-engined masterpiece had an entirely new carbon-fibre body with an aircraft-style domed cockpit set well forward, ground clearance that was just sufficient to allow regulation headlights to be fitted, flared wheel arches, flat flanks and an extraordinary raised back end terminating in prominent triangular wings and fat twin exhaust pipes beneath a businesslike spoiler.

Access was via small transparent gullwings that formed part of the cockpit glass and an unusual lifting box section of bodywork. Rearward vision was provided by side mirrors attached to the top of the cockpit, whilst the engine was accessed through a sloping oval panel.

This was an out-and-out racing car that was street-legal and it was one of the fastest road cars the world had even seen. This rear-wheel drive missile could rocket past 125 mph (km/h) from a standing start in under 10 seconds and blast past 220 mph well before the pedal hit the metal.

This was achieved with the willing cooperation of a highly tuned 3.4 litre twin-turbocharged engine that belted out 588 bhp, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. Not many people have even seen a C62, let alone driven one — it’s the rarest of supercars.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Germany

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

1991

ENGINE:

3,368 cc Flat Six Twin Turbo

PERFORMANCE:

Top speed of 235 mph (378 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.3 secs

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Racing driver Willy Koenig was joined in the family customizing business by son Walter and they’re still busily modifying performance cars for discerning enthusiasts today. The real thing may cost megabucks, but mere mortals can get illustrated brochures from Koenig-Specials to drool over for a few euros apiece.

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