The Spyker C8 Laviolette SWB Sports Coupe was the company's first vehicle to acquire a lead role in a major film production when it was driven by Sharon stone in Basic Instinct 2. This appearance was a testament to Spyker's rebirth as a company which began when fledgling Maarten de Bruijn started building aluminum sports cars his parents' garden shed. At this time, no one knew his efforts would lead to the re-establishment of one of most famous (but bankrupt) luxury automobile companies in the world, Spyker, which had been facing extreme financial struggles in the late 1920s. De Bruijn built an Audi-powered car, and, when he was almost finished with the project, he bought the rights to the Spyker name to attract global attention for his efforts. By 1999, de Bruijn stunned the auto industry with his creation of the Spyker Silvestris V8. Even though the two-seater vehicle looked slightly unfinished in some ways, (It was shed-made, after all) it was recognized for its exceptional design on an international level. One classic car collector by the name of Victor Muller was so impressed by de Bruijn's efforts that he decided to aid him in his quest to turn the V8 into an aggressive, production-ready Spyker car. By the year 2000, (a little more than a year later) the first new production-ready Spyker was exposed at the Birmingham Auto Show.
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2011 saw the range of Spyker models expanded with a coupe version of the original C8 called the Laviolette. This name referenced Joseph Valentin Laviolette- the Belgium engineer that designed the original Spyker vehicle in 1900. The new Spyker company toured these two models around the world at as many auto shows as they could attend. Nearly every show they went to in the following years resulted in a new C8 model being launched, and this tradition continues to this day. Throughout its history, Spyker has truly shown a dedication to precise, sleek design that is inspired by the company's time of aerial design around the World War I period, and like all other Spyker vehicles, the C8 Laviolette SWB Sports Coup embodies all of these qualities. Unfortunately, it's only produced in very small numbers, so you might have to do some digging to find one! If you do happen to stumble across a C8, you'll find it runs somewhere between $200-$250k.