Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Isdera spyder and imperator - very exclusive sportscars in the 80ies

Who wouldn't want to build his own sportscars? Well, one who was able to make his dreams come true was Eberhard Schulz. The article pictured on the left is titled "dream dancer". His cars are called Isdera, an eagle is pictured on the batch. Engines and drivetrain usually came from Mercedes, making the cars easy to live with. The design though was exclusive and quite special. The spyder 033-16 for example didn't have a full wind screen and a top neither. So it was recommended to be driven with your helmet on. 900 kg of weight met 170 hp allowing for 6.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h and 228 km/h top speed. If this wasn't fast enough, then the gullwing imperator 108i with a 5.5 liter V8 engine delivered 242 hp and reached a top speed of 262 km/h. That was quite a lot, so was the price, beating a Ferrari 328 by a factor two. Over time they got more powerful and faster, but you rarely see one of these on the road, so few were built. They do not even show up at auctions or on classic car price lists, so I have no idea what a good one would be worth today. I might get tempted though, just look at the gullwing doors ...

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