Rigore Automotive was founded in 1950 by Martin Rigore in Queens, New York as a producer of racing engines.
Born from Italian immigrant parents, Martin Rigore (ri-go-ray) had picked up an interest in mechanics from a young age. By the age of 22, Martin had founded Rigore Engineering and by the 1952 Corso di Fruinia had produced multiple Boxer-4 and Boxer-6 engines for racing. The 1950s saw many international races shut down due to safety concerns; as a result, Rigore’s business dwindled, and so did their profits. So, Martin Rigore took a risk; on the brink of bankruptcy, he consolidated his money in order to develop the first Rigore vehicle; the Angeles. The original Angeles was a sleek 2-door sports saloon which amassed a large cult following; sporty and stylish, it swiftly solidified Rigore in the sports automobile market, with over 4000 units sold in the first year and almost double the second year. It was praised for its light handling characteristics and smooth, powerful, and efficient flat-6. A more powerful, larger flat-6 would be used in the 1967 Rigore Mjölnir - Rigore’s second model. 5 years later, in 1972, there was a major revamp to the Angeles which split it into a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan; both models were designed to stay true to the original sports coupe. This new Angeles would propel Rigore to the luxury car market.
The oil crisis’ of the 1970s were detrimental to all of America’s auto makers. Determined to adapt and overcome, Rigore responded quickly in 1974 by improving the Angeles with a more fuel-efficient engine and more comfortable suspension options. Sales remained steady, and Rigore would be able to release the larger Anubis in 1976, satisfying America’s desire for a larger model. As of 1980, Rigore was in the top 5 largest American car companies, and one of the few surviving American luxury car companies in Europe and Asia.
The 1980’s sought out a change for Rigore. After the hit of the 1970’s, the 80’s was a breath of fresh air. Every year, new technology would be implemented into new vehicles. Elaborate electronic driver aids transformed Rigore vehicles into class-leading cars in design, innovation, and driving dynamics. The very first Rigore SUV, the RA-RV (Rigore All-Road Vehicle) was revealed in 1982, featuring all of the power and prowess of other Rigore’s but with the addition of a luxuriously appointed interior and all-terrain capability. The 1982 Mjölnir introduced turbocharging to the Rigore lineup and officially introduced the “MT-R” nameplate to the scene, mating street legal cars and racing pedigree together.
The 1990’s continued this luxury trend, with the ultra-luxury Valhalla releasing in 1990 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Valhalla was the pinnacle of Rigore’s lineup with a high-tech interior including a touch-screen “Graphics Control Center”. The Apophis Coupe was released following 1990, combining the luxurious style of the Valhalla with the sportiness found in Rigore’s “MT-R” lineup. The Angeles was one of the best selling cars, accumulating over 150,000 global units in the year 1993. The new 1996 Angeles was named Motor Trend 's COTY, and Rigore remained a consistent visitor at Car and Driver’s 10 Best list.
Rigore, since it’s small roots in Queens, has sought out to elevate themselves constantly to an even higher quality standard. The compact sedan Caelum introduced in 2001, has become increasingly efficient, dynamic, and luxurious. In 2007, the first Amieran luxury crossover graced showroom floors. In 2014, the Elysian compact SUV hit the roads and became an immediate best-seller. 2016 marked the re-introduction of the Mjölnir nameplate after a 7 year retirement, marking a true return to form of performance engineering. Today, all of our cars keep the soul made by the “Angel”, instilled with a natural poise and precision that found only in Rigore automobiles. Perfection in performance is promised with every Rigore.
|Caelum (2001+)||Sports Compact|
|Angeles (1965+)||Premium Sports Sedan|
|Anubis (1976+)||Luxury Sedan|
|Valhalla (1990+)||Ultimate Luxury Sedan|
|Elysian (2014+)||Luxury Compact Crossover|
|Amieran (2007+)||Luxury Crossover|
|Taranis (2003+)||Luxury SUV|
|Apophis (1991+)||Sports Grand Tourer|
|Mjölnir (2016+)||Super Car|