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The Mercedes Isdera Imperator. Ever heard of it? Not many have. Those of you who are aware of its presence know that the video included below is something special. For those readers who were a little less privy to the Isdera Imperator, don’t worry. Autofluence is here.
The Isdera Imperator was based on the Mercedes-Benz CW311 concept car created by Eberhard Schulz. It was unveiled in 1978, but Mercedes had no intentions of putting it into production. With Mercedes’ graces, Schulz started producing the car under his brand, Isdera. Thus, the Mercedes Isdera Imperator 108i was born.
Originally powered by a 5.0-liter V8 created by Mercedes, the Imperator was capable of reaching a top speed of 176 mph and had a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. While these numbers are unimpressive when compared to cars of the current generation, this car was introduced in 1984. That was around the same time as the Lamborghini Countach LP500S, which had a top speed of roughly 182 mph. Later on, the Imperator saw engine upgrades in the form of a 5.6-liter M117 V8, 5.6-liter AMG V8 and a 6.0-liter AMG V8.
Looking at the pictures, you may be thinking to yourself, “What is that protruding from the roof?” Interestingly enough, that would be the rear-view periscope. While it may seem silly, at least you don’t have to worry about looking through a tiny rear window like the Countach’s.
Ending its run in 1993, the Imperator was created thirty times.
Now that you are familiar with the car, check out the video below to see one of these rarities getting sideways and being driven the way it should be.