The Spyker and Zagato companies both have a long and storied histories- maybe even more so than one usually sees in the automobile industry. So, how did they decide to collaborate on the amazing 2011 Spyker C12 Zagato Coupe? That's a bit of a long story. It all started in 1898 when brothers Hendrik-Jan and Jacobus Spijker, originally expert coach-builders from Amsterdam, built their original Benzengined automobile. This motor car gained the brothers instant success based on its fantastic bodywork craftsmanship. Before World War I, there was a global decrease in the market for luxury vehicles mean that Spkyner needed to invest in diversifying the products it manufactured, so the company joined forces with the Dutch Aircraft Factory N.V. Together the two companies achieved what neither could do alone: great success. They began building aircraft for the armed forces. By the end of the war, Spyker had enough resources to get back to its true passion of producing automobiles. By 1919, work had begun again. Spyker's new cars embraced features with aircraft influences, not the least of which were complicated aerodynamics developed during the war years. Like Spyker, Zagato was established at the cessation of WWI by Ugo Zagato and put the same sorts of aircraft-inspired features into play. Both brands now set the standard for lightweight, aerodynamic design.
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Zagato has worked with many luxury brands to build special, one-of-a-kind vehicles, and the 2011 Spyker C12 Zagato Coupe is just another part of that remarkable history. The Spyker Zagato vehicle uses Spyker's leading C12 chassis as the basis and frame for this model. Spyker and Zagato first collaborated in a design meeting in July 2006. At this time, Spyker had plans to acquire Midland's Formula One team, and the C12 model was put on design-shop hold. The company realized, however, that the C12 Zagato should include as many of the Formula One design features as possible; this would set up a new design future for Spyker's road car vehicles. Finally built in Coventry, UK, the first 2011 Spyker C12 Zagato Coupe was constructed in only four weeks. It was then showcased at the Salon International de l'Auto in Geneva, where it was also announced that the vehicle would only be produced in 24 units. The Spyker C12 Zagato is rare- very rare- and If you can manage to get your hands on it, we say you should do so. It's completely worth the effort.