The Spyker logo of an aircraft propeller and a wire wheel dates back to the early 1900s and is still used today, including the slogan "Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via," which translates to "For The Tenacious No Road is Impassable." Made in Holland.
In 1898 two brothers, Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker, coachbuilders in Amsterdam, built their first Benz-engined motorcar, with which they won immediate acclaim for the craftsmanship of their bodywork. In the same year Spijker built the famous golden state coach, still in use today, to commemorate the forthcoming coronation of the Dutch queen, Wilhelmina. This was the turning point in their business career: from that moment on the Spijker brothers committed their company fully to the production of motorcars. The business name was changed to Spyker, for easier recognition in foreign markets.
In 1903 Spyker introduced the extremely advanced 60/80 HP. It was the first car with a six-cylinder engine as well as permanent four-wheel drive and four-wheel brakes. In the same period Spyker introduced its patented, dust shield chassis, a chassis fitted with a streamlined under tray that prevented the car from making dust on unpaved roads. Spyker's image was further enhanced when in 1907 a privately entered standard model Spyker 14/18HP Tourer became legendary after successfully competing in the famous grueling Peking to Paris raid, taking second place. It was innovations as these that characterized the Spyker cars that quickly became famous for their quality and the ruggedness of their engineering. The Spyker models, with their characteristic circular radiators were especially successful in the Dutch East Indies and in Britain, where Spyker became known as "the Rolls Royce of the continent."
In the period preceding World War 1, a worldwide slump in the luxury car market meant that Spyker had to diversify its production and merged with the Dutch Aircraft Factory N.V. the company started developing and building aircraft.
During the war, Spyker built around 100 fighter aircraft and 200 aircraft engines, both of its own design. In 1915 the company introduced the slogan still being used today: "Nulla tenaci invia est via", "For the tenacious no road is impassable". Along with the slogan came a new logo, featuring a spoke wheel with a horizontal propeller across.
After the war Spyker resumed car production. True to its motto, Spyker continued building record-breaking cars. Most famous of these is the Spyker C4. It had a special engine, built by the famous German engineer Wilhelm Maybach. It had a double ignition system with Bosch high-tension magneto and battery-coil ignition with two spark plugs per cylinder. The C4 was a powerful, dependable and luxurious car; in 1921, a standard C4 a new endurance record, driving continuously for 36 days and covering a distance of 30,000 kilometers. A year later, the famous British driver Selwyn Edge broke the Brooklands Double-Twelve speed record, clocking an average speed of 119 km/h.
In 1925, the Spyker Company ceased trading, but its name has never been forgotten. Spyker became an icon, a brand name that stands for technologically advanced, exotic and dependable cars. That heritage has been passed over to the new Spyker and its cars.
Since October 2000 when the Spyker C8 Spyder was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show, Spyker has established a strong foothold in the super car market niche. Hand built in the best tradition of the old Spykers by the most dedicated craftsmen of our time using the very best materials available. Created with passion for the most passionate of drivers.
The Spyker C8 Spyder won instant acclaim and was awarded the 2000 Institute of Vehicle Engineers Design Award on 18 October 2000. The Spyker C8 Laviolette, a coupe reminiscent of modern jet fighters was shown at the Amsterdam Motor Show in February 2001. And subsequently the Spyker Double12 R, Spyker's Le Mans endurance racer, was the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2001. The street version of the Spyker C8 Double12, the so called "S", was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show in October 2002.
In the meantime countless other Concours d?Elegance and events were attended in Europe and the USA. The Spyker C8 Spyder T, a twin turbo variant of its C8 Spyder was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2003.
The proud owner of every Spyker manufactured, may follow the assembly of his or her car by "SpyCam", a dedicated web cam system. Moreover a digital personal car file is available to owners and dealers of every car produced. It entails the build sheet and any work and service carried out during the life span of the car in question.
In the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2003 Spyker won its greatest victory so far: finishing 10th in class and 30th overall.
In May 2004 Spyker turned its intention to take the company public by means of an initial public offering (IPO) into reality: on 27 May last the company was listed at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (ticker symbol SPYKR) Euronext Amsterdam and raised net proceeds of Eur 11.5 million to strengthen its balance sheet and invest in expanding its production. The listing of Spyker Cars N.V. (formerly Spyker International Motor Holding B.V.) was the first IPO in the Netherlands in more than 3 years.
Spyker was recognized as a National and Mobile Heritage by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science on 23 September 2004.
As announced in the trading update for the third quarter of 2004 Spyker has a current order backlog of 91 cars. The company has appointed new dealers in China, Moscow, Monaco.
January 26, 2010.
General Motors and Spyker Cars NV confirmed that they had reached a binding agreement on the purchase of Saab Automobile AB.
December 2, 2014.
Spyker files for Chapter 11 proceedings and is declared bankrupt on December 18th, 2014.
July 3oth, 2015.
After almost 8 months since entering into moratorium of payment (the equivalent of the American Chapter 11 proceedings) on December 2nd, 2014, Spyker N.V. and its subsidiary Spyker Automobielen B.V. (collectively "Spyker" ) successfully exited moratorium on July 29th, last at 11.59pm. Since no creditor filed an appeal with the Dutch Supreme Court the ruling of the Appeals Court of July 21st, last became final, confirming an earlier decision of the District Court which had already ratified the proposed creditor settlement on May 13th, last.
Victor R. Muller, Spyker's CEO said: "We have gone through a very rough patch during the past year, going from moratorium in early December 2014 to being declared bankrupt on December 18th, subsequently filing an appeal of that decision, winning that appeal on January 22nd, 2015 and returning to moratorium as a consequence.
After winning a long legal battle with just one creditor, we have now finally succeeded in exiting moratorium and we are back in business as a healthy, debt free enterprise. In the coming weeks we will finalise the agreements with investors which were held up for over two month by the protracted litigation. But true to our logo "nulla tenaci invia est via" (for the tenacious no road is impassable) we have persevered and we can now move on and pursue our ambitious goals including the merger with Portland, Oregon based electric aircraft manufacturer Volta Volare.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported us during these trying times: our employees, our creditors (minus one), our business partners, our competent Board and foremost our investors who stuck with us in spite of the massive difficulties we had to overcome. Without their impressive commitment Spyker would definitely not be where it is today. With some 250 Spykers on the road we have a great client base and we thank our customers for their unwavering loyalty to the Spyker brand. A special word of gratitude to our CFO Arjen Dikken who stayed the course no matter what and to Paul Peterson, Volta Volare's founder and CEO for keeping the faith that we would prevail.
Finally I would like to thank Mr Henk Pasman, Esq., the court appointed administrator, and his assistant Robert van Faassen, Esq. for working relentlessly on achieving the best outcome for our creditors.
In summary, Spyker is back with a vengeance and we look forward to a bright future for the company I founded 15 years ago and which is now set to build sensationally elegant and classy (electric) motorcars and electric planes for decades to come."
(source : Spyker)
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