Spyker - the creeping end of the Saab rescuer

Trollhättan in summer 2010. The festival is in full swing, Spyker sports cars are parked in the Saab Museum amid historical artefacts. Spyker is the Saab savior, but the extravagant vehicles look like foreign bodies. It is the time of big dreams, everything seems to be possible, the stars are tangible. In fact, Spyker is only one way. Downhill.

Spyker as Saab savior in the Museum 2010

Why actually? Other manufacturers of top-priced exotic cars find more than just living in the luxury niche. Before the Corona crisis, the Super Premium segment was forecast to have the highest growth rates in the long term. How it will be after that is unclear. But Spyker hasn't had a bike on the asphalt since 2012.

The B6 Venator was introduced in 2013, but never drove out of its box. 5 years later - 2017, the C8 Preliator should then restart. Now Spyker docked with Koenigsegg, the old circle of the Saab-Sweden connection seemed to be closing. Ängelholm was to replace Audi with its incredible V8 engine as a technology supplier. In fact, not a single engine was built at Koenigsegg for Spyker, the cooperation was broken up. In the same year, 3 C8 Aileron could be Le Mans Special series have been built. However, their completion has not yet been documented. In 2018, Spyker made a name for itself one last time at the Monaco car show. Then it got very quiet and bailiffs and liquidators were working on the brand.

Nulla tenaci invia est via

In contrast to other companies in the super premium segment, Spyker was always only a manufacturer at a high level. The drive was bought from Audi, the design with spectacular detail was designed by Spyker. While brands like Koenigsegg have made a name for themselves with sophisticated, technical innovations, a Spyker has always remained an expensive, fashionable accessory.

Little things and high-quality details were important. The motto of the company “Nulla tenaci invia est via” - No path is impassable for the stubborn ”was not only found in the company logo with the stylized propeller. Also on the exhaust system, which might not have worked out. But formative for the brand. Not always safe in taste, sometimes just too much of everything. Maybe that's why a Spyker looks just like an old car today, while other vehicles mature into classics.

Spyker service canceled, spare parts sold

One of the last functioning parts of the Spyker Group was Spyker Services BV The company was founded last week at the request of the tax authorities insolvent declared that the six employees fired. Spyker Services took care of the maintenance and repair of the 250 existing vehicles worldwide. The extensive Spare parts warehouse has already been sold to a customer, according to the bankruptcy administrator Dennis. This gives some hope for the future, the camp could be worth gold in the medium term. Because beyond technical components, Spyker had a very high level of vertical integration, and almost every part is an expensive one-off.

The insolvency administrator rules out a rebirth of the brand. In the wide-ranging group, which in the meantime operated from Great Britain, there are still companies that are not in bankruptcy. They are now the focus of the authorities trying to unravel the network. Among them is Spyker IP BV, which holds and licenses the trademark rights. It could be the last valuable pledge in this drama.

8 thoughts too "Spyker - the creeping end of the Saab rescuer"

  • 250 existing vehicles worldwide ?? And they wanted / should “save” Saab with such expertise in vehicle construction and service? How could anyone ever believe that? Simply crazy! (Or was there a lot more in 2010 and now everyone is scrapped? Wouldn't make it better!)

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    • Other times back then. Spyker had its own Formula 2006 team at the start in 7 and 1. A lot seemed possible there.

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  • … I just always found the cars to be “ugly” -
    … Other brands mostly seemed a little more appealing to me.

    Perhaps some of the pot. Buyers sometimes saw it similarly ...

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  • I don't know if I think the cars are beautiful or less beautiful. That is definitely in the eye of the beholder. But I had always believed that Muller Saab understood. But what I don't like as an entrepreneur are these nested companies and companies that think they can find their salvation in the veil.

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  • I have 2 of the 250…

    actually seen in the wild. Both in Berlin, one of them on the P in front of a hardware store, which allowed a detailed tour.

    In defense of Spykers and VMs, one could argue that the many superfluous details on the real object as a whole are largely lost. In nature, they are less disturbing than in (detail) photos. That doesn't make them less redundant.

    It hits more accessories than a car. Target group bling-bling group. Strictly speaking, a Spyker is an Antisaab.

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  • After all, 250 vehicles are more than at NEVS ...

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  • @ Mr. Nordmann,

    that's not true. What about the 9-3 from NEVS?
    However, VM actually has the edge and built more cars than NEVS if you count all Saab of the VM era.

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  • Herbert Hürsch, then you would have to count the SAAB'S sold under VM.

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