words: Bill, photos: Autosport Designs Inc
Well this is different. If you’ve never heard of Spyker, they are a (very) small Dutch bespoke car manufacturer who just happen to source the Audi 4.2l V8 for their C8 Laviolette coupe (pictured here), C8 Spyder, and the C8 Aileron (long wheel base). Their interior is to die for as you’ll see in the photos.
This particular C8 Laviolette is for sale on Long Island. It includes the original sticker which shows a price of $209,990. However, the dealer isn’t listing what the current asking price is but it’s probably worth it. Spyker cars are works of aluminum and leather art. In addition to the striking styling, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the exposed shift linkage running through the center of the car.
The aforementioned V8 is sourced from Audi but doesn’t have traction nor stability control included…just basic programming. Without the electronic nannies, I bet the Spyker is a handful. Here’s the ad:
–Pearl White with Black Quilted Leather interior and White stitching, 3,000 one owner miles from new, 4.2 Liter 400bhp V8 sourced from Audi, 6-speed Gertag Manual Gearbox, 1 of 4 C8’s sold in the US in 2010 and the only Laviolette. 1 of approximately 65 Spyker’s sold in the US.
Seventy-Five years after the original company disbanded, the Spyker brand was resurrected in 1999 by Victor Muller and Maarten de Bruijn. The first production car called the C8 paid strong homage to Spyker’s heritage in both aircraft and automobile production. The design of the hand-crafted C8 represented the latest evolution of Spyker’s signature architecture. The propeller design was consistently applied towards many elements around the vehicle. Notable design features for the C8 included fuselage-type styling, rear “cannon-port” vents, a prominent wide grille intake, a propeller-inspired steering wheel, an engine-turned dash insert, and more. This later series C8, shared a modernized steering wheel from the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo due to airbag and crash safety. The design of the C8 was first introduced as a Spyder and then as a Laviolette or Coupe. The front has a forward hinging clamshell and the doors open in a scissor/upwards-like manner.
Factory options include: Black 19 inch Aeroblade Wheels, Quilted Leather Package, Tumed Aluminum Package, Spyker Logos in Headrests, White Contrast Stitching, Black Alcantara Roof Upholstery, Air conditioning, iPod connection.
The power output is from a 4.2 Liter V8 engine sourced from Audi producing 400 bhp with a top speed of 186 mph.
This Spyker C8 is listed as the only Laviolette produced in Pearl White with Black interior. It is elegantly upholstered in soft quilted black leather with contrast stitching throughout in White. Even the trunk is lined with this exquisite quilted stitch leather. The dashboard leaves no detail unturned featuring a machine-turned alloy fascia that houses off-white-faced analog instrumentation gauges. The aircraft inspired Spyker theme is also pronounced with many toggle switches and lights in the cockpit. Every inch of the car feels sculpted with the highest of quality.
This C8 is exceptional throughout. It is complete with its original books, keys, Spyker remote, matching Black luggage, tool kit, and original window sticker. Inside the front clam, Victor Muller personally signed this C8 at an event back in 2015. This C8 has been professionally coated with Ceramic Pro as well as a full clear shield. It has been driven very carefully over the years by its one and only owner and has been maintained regardless of use. This C8 is ready for immediate enjoyment for an enthusiastic drive or perfectly manicured for show.
I’ve only ever seen a Spyker (and two of them at that) in Monterey during Monterey Car Week. They definitely stood out in a sea of Lamborghini, McLaren, and Porsche and they should…Spyker has only sold a little more than 300 total since 2000. If you want that one car that will stand out at Monterey and even in Europe, you can find the ad HERE.