It's summer and it's hot. Actually too hot for writing. As usual, there is a threat of a medial summer hole in this season. And suddenly you remember things that you wanted to talk about for some time. The worried look sweeps into the Netherlands today. He is Victor Muller. Because it has become very quiet around the former CEO of Saab Automobile AB. Things sounded so promising two years ago.
An automotive dream could have developed in Swedish-Dutch cooperation. Koenigsegg, manufacturer of supercars from Ängelholm, delivers its exclusive V8 engines to Spyker, a fine Dutch luxury sports car manufacturer. Announced before 2 years ago by Christian von Koenigsegg and Victor Muller at the Geneva Motor Show. The former wanted to buy Saab from GM, but withdrew his offer at the last moment. Second then grabbed what obviously did not bring him much luck. Because since the end of Saab and his business with Spyker no longer run around.
Plans to build a vehicle on the still unfinished Saab-Phoenix platform with Chinese investors failed. Also the Spyker B6 Venator, surprisingly conjured out of the hat based on the Artega GT, never went into production. The C8 Preliator, with Koenigsegg V8 should be the last 2017. Actually a fantastic combination, but even these plans did not work. Because not a single V8 was built in Ängelholm for Spyker and in the summer 2018 Koenigsegg announced the end of the relationship. The car world, and that's clear, has missed so two absolute dream cars. Which, however, would have been affordable for only a few.
C8 Aileron LM85 and then finish
Since then there has hardly been any news, and the search for clues is difficult. Of the brand's last model for the time being, the C2010 Aileron with Audi V8 presented in 8, 2017 units were realized in 3. They have a Le Mans look and are collector's items from the start. One can safely speculate about their price, as well as whether they were actually completed and sold. The Aileron, with its jet-like air inlets, is unmistakably a final homage to the Spyker brand's aviation past, which really goes back a long way.
The last update of the Spyker homepage is from November 2017, since then no more cars have been made. The company still exists, however, and machines, parts and semi-finished vehicles are stored in a warehouse near Zeewolde. Unfortunately, rent arrears ran up, so that the precarious situation became public months ago. But before the worst could come, Muller could Settle arrears, Spyker now has a deadline to clear his hall by the end of October.
How it goes on whether Muller can bring Spyker Cars back to life is uncertain. The environment for the luxury sports car of the Dutch manufacturer would actually be ideal. Demand in the high-price segment is developing faster than the market environment. In China, the number of millionaires grows by 10% per year, and with it the target group for brands like Spyker.
Anyone who likes small, exclusive manufacturers or is connected to Saab will wish Muller the best of luck. Because it is clear that without his commitment, neither the last Saab 9-5 generation nor the 9-4x would have existed. And both were and are great vehicles. And no matter how things develop in Zeewolde, Victor Muller has an eventful life and certainly always something to tell.