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.
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.