Spyker was a Dutch sporty car brand with a storied history that was, sadly, recently killed off (in its new Spyker Cars variant that lived solely through the Spyker namesake) by Swedish Automobile for a large sum of cash to North Street Capital, a private equity fund located in Connecticut, USA in September 2011. Up to that point, however, Spyker had remained a steady force in unique, luxurious sports car production. The original Spyker brand was created in 1989 by two brothers by the names of Hendrik-Jan and Jacobus Spijker, and ran its course by 1926, at which time it had already been bankrupt for several years and was under new management). The original two Spijker brothers were coachbuilders located in Amsterdam with big ambitions. The first year of their operations, they built a motor car featuring a Benz motor, and they were immediately recognized for their design prowess. The same year, the brothers were asked to build the iconic golden state coach (still used today) that transports the queen. From this moment on, the Skijker became synonymous with incredible craftsmanship.
Though the Spyker Cars brand was unrelated to the first except for its name, it's important to understand the evolution of the Spyker name, which was taken because of its incredible auto-making history. The reborn Spyker Car company was created by Maarten de Brujn and Victor Muller in 1999, and it began building exquisite cars in 2000. Two of its most popular models were (and still are) the Spyker C8 Spider and the Spyker C8 Laviolette, which featured an impressive glass roof. The original Spyker company's aviation history is showcased in each and every Spyker model, which feature intricate detailing.
These two Spyker C8s featured the Audi V8 engine, which delivered zero-to-sixy in 4.5 seconds due to its production of a bph production of 400 (or kilowatt production of 298). Both of these vehicles can reach a top speed of 190 mph (or 300 km/hour). In 2005, the C8 models were approved for sale in the U.S. From the years 2002-2006 built its Spyker C8 Double S, which appeared in five separate stages of performance. Stage I held 400 horsepower, and by Stage V, the vehicle got up up to 620 horsepower. Depending on what the customer wanted, each Spyker was tailored specifically to his/her needs. This was true of all Spyker cars, which were extremely unique and customizable.
From 2003-2007 the C8 Spyder T was built, with an amazing 525 horsepower production, and in 2006 the C12 La Turbie V-12 engine with 500 hp was produced as well. It could go from zero-to-sixty in under four seconds. In 2006, Spyker entered itself into the racing circuit with its purchase of the Midland F1 team, which was fairly successful. In 2007, Spyker worked with Italian brand Zagato to produce the Spyker C12 Zagato, one of the most exclusive vehicles the brand ever created. Spyker enthusiasts were sad to see the end of the brand, which was eventually killed off by brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.