The 2009 Spyker C8 Is A Rare, Jet-Powered Car That Does Even Better Than It Looks

The 2009 Spyker C8 Is A Rare, Jet-Powered Car That Does Even Better Than It Looks


The uniqueness in the world of sports cars and luxury cars is relative. Porsche and Mercedes it seems modest compared to Ferraris and Bentleys, but even these production cars are made in the thousands each year. For drivers looking for something very rare, a A nail should fit the bill.

The historic company Spyker was founded in 1880 by the brothers Jacobus and Hendrik Spijker. The pride of the Netherlands, Spyker enjoyed various successes in the manufacture of cars and aircraft until its demise in 1925. Spyker Cars, also of Dutch origin, was founded in 1999. The design philosophy of the new company was inspired by a motto coined in Latin and creators. of Spyker’s original racing car in 1903: There is nothing difficult sending this (For the perseverant, there is no impassable road). Spyker Cars produced around 300 cars between 2000 and 2012, becoming an interesting footnote in the recent history of the modern sports car.

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The 2009 Spyker C8 Laviolette crosses the barrier at the Bonhams Audrain Concours Auction.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

The 2009 Spyker C8 Laviolette crosses the barrier at the Bonhams Audrain Concours Auction. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Priced from around $275,000 new, Spyker C8 The model was built as a convertible and a coupé. The latter was called the Laviolette, named after the Belgian engineer Joseph Valentin Laviolette, who had built several Spyker racing cars in the early 1900s. Spyker built about 58 examples of the C8 coupe from 2001 to 2009, and with very few, clean like this car, sold new in the US and now with less than 700 miles on it, is unusual. One of four that left the factory in Burnt Almond Orange, this Spyker will be offered by Bonhams in the future. Audrain Concours Auction in Newport, RI, on October 1. The car is estimated to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000.

One of four examples to leave the factory in Burnt Almond Orange, this Spyker C8 is estimated to fetch between 0,000 and 0,000.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.One of four examples to leave the factory in Burnt Almond Orange, this Spyker C8 is estimated to fetch between 0,000 and 0,000.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

One of four examples to leave the factory in Burnt Almond Orange, this Spyker C8 is estimated to fetch between 0,000 and 0,000. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Spyker C8 is all about aluminum. Its chassis is constructed from expanded box sections and folded sheet metal; the body is hand-sculpted and features some interesting details, such as the gun-turret and roof vents and polished side mirrors. For those who appreciate the craftsmen who forged aluminum during the golden age of Italian and British coachbuilding, the Spyker is the pinnacle of a dying art.

Interior touches include black diamond-studded leather and orange stitching.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.Interior touches include black diamond-studded leather and orange stitching.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Interior touches include black diamond-studded leather and orange stitching. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

The floating swan-style doors reveal a diamond-studded black leather interior with orange stitching that is reminiscent of a Chanel handbag and complements the bright orange exterior. Inspired by vintage aviation, the machined aluminum dash with cream-faced instruments, open shift linkage and pedal box are works of art.

The floating swan-style doors are a signature of the Spyker C8 Laviolette.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.The floating swan-style doors are a signature of the Spyker C8 Laviolette.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

The floating swan-style doors are a signature of the Spyker C8 Laviolette. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Power comes from another aluminum gem, Audi’s 4.2-liter V-8. Good for around 400 hp, the mid-mounted engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox that drives the rear wheels. The Spyker C8 looks diminutive compared to larger, wider sedans, and at less than 2,800 pounds, it’s as light as it is compact.

The Audi-sourced, 4.2-liter V-8 engine makes about 400 hp.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.The Audi-sourced, 4.2-liter V-8 engine makes about 400 hp.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

The Audi-sourced, 4.2-liter V-8 engine makes about 400 hp. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

This precision translates into razor-sharp handling and a seat-of-the-pants feel that is comparable to the experience behind the wheel of a Lotus or Noble. And the flexibility of Audi’s inflexible mill allows the five-speed manual to go from near-idle to redline, a characteristic reminiscent of early Lamborghini GTs and one that makes the Spyker a pussycat to drive around town.

Spyker machined aluminum dash.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.Spyker machined aluminum dash.  - Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Spyker machined aluminum dash. – Credit: Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

Photo by Toan Trinh, courtesy of Bonhams.

The Spyker C8 (Spyder) was my personal vote for 2006 Robb’s report Car of the Year. Outside of that arena, the Spyker was a car that I, driven by emotion, wanted to own. It’s surprising to see that the Spyker was also a real thrill to drive, and proof that not all great sports cars come from south of the Alps.


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