wtorek, 9 kwietnia 2019

Spyker during IAMS2019 [x10]

The definite highlight of IAMS2019 was the exhibition of Spykers. To shed some light, the history of this legendary Dutch brand dates back to 1880, when Spijker brothers started building carriages. By 1898 they built their first motorcar (with Benz engine) and two years later already exhibited two models at Amsterdam Motor Show (AutoRAI).
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The company proved to be innovative at its very beginnings in 1903 building world's first car with six cylinder engine, 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel brakes. I've even seen this Spyker 60 HP during my visit in Louwman Museum (there's even a photo of it in a post from my visit in November <link>).
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Spyker eventually gone bankrupt and ceased to exist in 1926. It was revived in 2000, built on the same brand, logo and motto. Also this modern history is interesting (including F1 participation, takeover of Saab and another bankruptcy and its reversal), but sources report that only around 300 cars were sold since inception. From what I was told, the company still produces cars, but builds only one per year.
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Getting back to Amsterdam in 2019, it was the first time such a big collection of modern Spykers was showcased. This was only made possible thanks to two private collectors that brought together 11 unique models. For example D12 Peking-to-Paris remained only as concept car and never made it into production, or C12 Zagato was built only in one example. I can tell you, however, that the owner's favorite is this grey C8 that he uses daily.
/ IAMS 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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