A producer of ultra-exclusive, hand-built sports cars, tiny Dutch carmaker Spyker ostensibly traces its origins to the earliest days of the automobile, but is in fact a much more modern concern.
The first company to bear the Spyker name was founded in 1880 by coachbuilders Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker in Hilverstum, Netherlands. In 1899, the brothers expanded Spyker's carriage business into the realm of automobiles and proceeded to develop several...
notable innovations, including the first four-wheel-drive racecar and the first six-cylinder motor.
In 1914, Spyker merged with the Dutch Aircraft Factory N.V., adopting a new propeller and wire wheel logo along with the axiom "Nulla tenaci invia est via," meaning, "for the tenacious no road is impassible."
For all of its technological advances, Spyker never achieved breakout sales success and constantly suffered from financial difficulties; in 1926, the brand was forced to shut its doors for good.
Seventy-three years later, the Spyker name and badge were revived for a new automaker formed by industrialist Victor Muller and engineer Maarten de Brujin, both Dutchmen. The reborn Spyker has become known for what can only be described as truly unique, ornate and exotic sports cars with a look and feel unlike anything else on the market.
Like many niche outfits, Spyker has largely concentrated its efforts on evolving and refining a single model line. The C8 has been Spyker's mainstay, a sleek model with jet fighter-inspired styling, an Audi-sourced V8 and a finely-crafted interior with exquisite details like an exposed shift linkage. Numerous permutations have been unveiled over the years.
Like its predecessor, the new Spyker has endured its share of monetary problems, but the company plans to move forward by introducing a new sprts car, the B6 Venator, as well as a crossover model in the future.