Thanks for the good wishes, guys! And a very good point about that second owner's title, Dave--I'll definitely be asking.
I really think the story could be much like your car, Zathras. Although the Carfax doesn't have much info, it does say "Listed as a manufacturer vehicle" when it went to auction. I'm really thinking it might have come from the Kia North American Headquarters in Irvine, CA. How did you find out the history on yours?