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Heralded by the slogan Nulla tenaci invia est via, meaning, “For the tenacious, no road is impassable,” Holland’s Spyker reemerged as an automobile constructor at the start of the new millennium. Debuting at Britain’s Birmingham Motor Show in 2000, the radical C8 Spyder was a complete stylistic departure from anything that preceded it. Yet, it skillfully recalled Spyker’s heritage in both aircraft and automobile production. Design elements throughout the C8 Spyder’s interior and exterior pay extensive homage to the company’s origins, most notably its aluminum construction, fuselage-type styling, rear “cannon-port” vents, a prominent wide grille intake, engine-turned dashboard, and aircraft-type switchgear. With a race-bred, fully independent suspension, six-speed Getrag gearbox, and a 400-horsepower, 4.2-liter Audi V-8 engine, the C8 Spyder touted a 186-mph top speed and immediately became a force to be reckoned within the sports car market.


This “triple black” C8 Spyder (serial number 116) is one of just five examples reportedly produced in this color scheme; nearly all Spyker chassis with a black exterior were fitted with tan upholstery. Spyder 116 was completed in August 2006 and delivered new to Spyker Cars of Utah. By March 2008, it had been acquired by its second recorded owner then showing approximately 5,000 miles. After seven years and nearly 2,500 miles with this California-based collector, it was acquired by a New York resident who retained this striking C8 Spyker until August 2021.

Now showing just under 9,350 actual miles at time of cataloguing, this jaw-dropping, lightweight convertible is presented in a state befitting a continuous chain of careful and enthusiastic ownership. Inside the cabin, this C8’s quilted leather, exposed shifter mechanism, and billet machined pedal box components all continue to exude the feeling of complete precision. The car’s original, matching “poor weather top” is included for emergency use.

Within the last year, this C8 Spyder has been furnished with a thorough engine-out servicing executed by Marque specialist Chris Mora. The car’s distinctive Aeroblade wheels are presently wrapped in fresh Michelin PilotSport tires, and the consignor reports that the entire exterior has been treated to a professionally installed paint protection film.

The Spyker C8 Spyder is truly a fascinating and rarely seen convertible; its striking design, aluminum construction, and engaging driving experience make it one of the most sought-after sports cars of the early 2000s. With fewer than 140 examples reportedly produced, this wonderfully maintained chassis offered here is undoubtedly worthy of continued enjoyment.

This vehicle will be offered at RM Sotheby’s 23rd annual Amelia Island sale, held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, on 5 March 2022. Held at the stunning oceanfront grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, RM Sotheby’s will offer some of the world’s finest cars in this can’t-miss event.