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Cool Cars You’ve Never Heard Of – Isdera Spyder

Actually, you may have seen this car before.  Remember the video game Spy Hunter?  I used to blow all my Chuck E. Cheese tokens on the arcade version — then come home and play the NES version.  At any rate, this is the open-topped sibling of the car from Spy Hunter (Weapons Van sold separately).

Isdera was founded in 1969 by Eberhard Schulz.  These days, they are based in a small workshop in Hildesheim, Germany.  Each of their sports cars is hand-built by a small team of craftsmen, and the only way to purchase one is to call the CEO directly!  Each vehicle is custom built for its buyer, with a waiting period of six months to be expected (“Isdera”). The silver Isdera from Spy Hunter is also known as the Imperator (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds cool).  I’ve always liked the Imperator because the hood, windshield and roof all sweep together over the car, almost as one element.  This may remind you of some other supercar icons like the Vector and the Countach.  Admittedly, this bit of the theme is lost with the Spyder, but the open-top version still has an imposing presence.  The one pictured above is enjoying a sunny day at the Nurburgring.  I’m having visions of blasting through the Carousel hairpin, being chased by armor-plated mob vehicles — all the while punching the Weapons Van button!  Even without those last two items, the Isdera Spyder looks like it could be a lot of fun…

“Isdera”  Wikipedia 19 Feb 2010.   Web.   16 Mar  2010.

  • Jason White