A V8 and gorgeous interior - Has the Spyker C8 earned its classic car status?
The Spyker C8 was first introduced in 2000 at the Birmingham Motor Show and even though we all appreciated its Audi-sourced V8 and its scissor doors, I believe it's fair to say that this car managed to garner somewhat of a cult following because of its unbelievable interior design.
There's a lot going on but somehow everything works. The aluminium shifter sits above the centre console integrated to an external shift road. The dashboard, with gorgeous brushed aluminium finish, incorporates nautical style gauges and dials and fighter jet style levers and buttons. Then we get to the upholstery with quilted leather. If you're having a bad day, Google "Spyker C8 orange interior" – it's a sight for sore eyes.
The attention to detail is uncanny. There's also an inscription on the steering wheel and both exhaust pipes which says "Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via", which is Latin for "no road is impassable for the tenacious".
Praise doesn't end there because, as proven by the 2007 C8 Laviolette you see here, Spyker cars have also acquired "classic car" status because, as is the case with almost anything vintage these days, they've become extremely valuable. This particular C8, one of only 26 produced in 2007, has just been sold by its original owner in Houston, Texas on Bring a Trailer for $315,000 with 10,000 miles on the clock. That's over a hundred grand more than it cost when it was new.
It is powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2 L V8 making 395 hp and 354 torques, coupled with a 6-speed manual and rear-wheel drive. The top speed is 186 mph.
The car is painted black with black interior and 19-inch Aeroblade alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres and AP Racing brake calipers. It comes with air conditioning and power windows. Plus a clean title and maintenance history.