The 2012 Fisker Karma remains a stunning car, regardless of its range-extended electric powertrain.
While the struggling-though-not-yet-bankrupt company remains in limbo, with a purchase reported but not yet confirmed, it hasn't built cars since July 2012.
The 2,500 or so Fiskers out there may be the only ones that are ever built.
So what leads someone to buy a brand-new Fisker Karma, given the company's travails and the possibility that parts and service will be challenging in the years to come?
In a word, it's the looks.
Oh, and birthdays too.
2012 Fisker Karma with owner Amanda Pearson, Sandy Springs, GA, Oct 2013Enlarge Photo
We interviewed two new Fisker owners, Amanda Pearson and Meurice Lefevre, who bought their Karmas in the last several weeks.
Pearson is an entrepreneur in Sandy Springs, Georgia; Lefevre is a real-estate investor and owner of two Harley-Davidson dealerships who lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Both buyers purchased their Karmas through Greg Dudevoir of Fisker of Atlanta.
We asked each of them the same questions; here's what they told us.
How did you initially find out about the Fisker Karma?
Pearson: I saw the car while driving down I-85 in Atlanta in October 2012. I was in awe at the sheer elegance and beauty of the car. It was truly love at first sight. I slowed down, tried to commit the name on the back and as many details as I could to memory. That night, I described it to a parking valet and he told me it was a Fisker Karma.
Lefevre: I'm a car nut, and I've been a fan of Henrik Fisker's work since the Fisker Coachwork days, when he re-bodied Mercedes-Benz SL and BMW 6-Series models to make the Fisker Tramonto and Latigo, respectively. I read about the Karma before it happened, and I even drove a pre-production model when it came to Atlanta.