Who's Still Buying Brand-New Fisker Karmas, And Why?

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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.

MORE: 2012 Fisker Karma  - full review

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 2013

2012 Fisker Karma with owner Amanda Pearson, Sandy Springs, GA, Oct 2013

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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.

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