Koenigsegg Employees Drive the Most Eclectic Cars

Who knew Swedish engineers had a thing for mid-Eighties Mercurys?

byBen Keeshin| PUBLISHED Jul 8, 2016 6:27 PM
Koenigsegg Employees Drive the Most Eclectic Cars

Now and again, automakers will not-so-subtly encourage their employees to drive their cars, instead of those made by another car company. But such a ban wouldn't really be feasible for companies like Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg, which produces no more than two dozen cars a year at a cost of at least $1 million apiece. Young Magnus in the paint shop is unlikely to be able to swing those monthly payments, even with Sweden's robust minimum wage. So Koenigsegg employees are encouraged to drive whatever pleases them. And, based on a recent photo gallery the company posted to its Facebook page, it looks like the Koenigsegg employees might have the most interesting collection of cars to be found in any carmaker's factory parking lot.

What do the Swedes who spend their days wrenching on hypercars drive home in the evenings? Well, they’re an eclectic bunch, the Koenigsegg folks. Starting on the sporty end is one test driver’s new Mazda MX-5 Miata, a stanced-out BMW 1 Series M, a Tesla Roadster, an E46 BMW M3, and a Nissan 200SX—pretty diverse, if expected. On the euro-luxury front, an E30 BMW 3-Series abuts a 1995 Jaguar XJR and a sultry, shapely Renault Laguna Coupe.

But then there’s the Americana section. One employee has a 1969 Camaro SS; another, a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. One iconoclast daily drives a mid-Eighties Mercury Grand Marquis in a paint color that can only be described as Geriatric White; this, in turn, is parked next to a late-model Dodge Ram, which might be the biggest privately-owned vehicle in Sweden.

What is there to be gleaned from this motley-yet-stylish crew? If you spend your working hours adjacent to V8-powered, carbon-fiber bodied wonder-mobiles, it must be impossible to drive something boring on the weekends.