2009 Spyker C8 Spyder

While the Spyker is not a German vehicle, it has an Audi V8 and craftsmanship akin to what we are used to from the Fatherland. I thought it was about time to shed some light on this exotic. The name Spyker originated from two Dutch brothers, Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker. They founded the firm in 1880 and one of their first notable projects was the construction of the Golden Carriage used by the Dutch Royal Family to this day. In 1900, they debuted their first automobiles and three years later, they created the 60 HP, which was the world’s first four wheel drive car with a single engine and four wheel brakes. During World War I, the company manufactured airplanes and aircraft engines, similar to other contemporary manufacturers that had switched their production to military applications.

After World War I, Spyker went bankrupt and ceased production in 1922. Resurrected in 1999, the new Spyker vehicles pay homage to the company’s aircraft heritage. Their slogan is Nulla tenaci invia est via, which in Latin means “For the tenacious, no road is impassable.” The new cars were dubbed the C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder, and employed Audi’s 4.2 liter V8. These cars are exceptionally well made, employing a great deal of old world craftsmanship in the way of quilted leather, turned aluminum and an intriguing shifter mechanism with exposed linkage. Spyker was owned and subsequently sold off by Swedish Automobile AB to North Street Capital, whose managing partner is a racing enthusiast. It is not quite clear what the future holds for Spyker, but nevertheless, these are very unique, well made vehicles. This particular 2009 Spyder presents nicely with low mileage and black accentuates the aluminum accents well.

2009 Spyker C8 Spyder on eBay

2009 Spyker C8 Spyder Convertible

Exterior color: Jet Black
Interior color: Tan

Included Optional Equipment: V8, 6 Speed Manual Transmission. Low Miles. Came from a Exotic car collection. Rare and hard to find. Accessories included with vehicle: 2 Master Keys. Owner’s Manual

This Spyker is basically a three year old brand new car. New, these were just shy of $220,000. I can’t imagine that they have appreciated beyond that original asking price. If I had to estimate, anywhere between $180,000 to $190,000 should be a reasonable offer for this supercar. If a Ferrari or Lamborghini is too mainstream for you, but an Audi R8 a bit too sterile, the Spyker combines exclusivity, coachbuilt quality and reliable, German performance in one wild package.

-Paul

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition

From the Mercedes 230CE we featured a few days ago, let’s move on to a later, distantly related model: the CLK coupe. Here’s an example of one not often seen, the final year CLK350 Grand Edition.

Those that know me are aware of my penchant for Mercedes-Benzes. I’ve owned two C class sedans and between my mother, father and I, we’ve owned seven models from the marque. However, over the past 15 years, I’ve been less and less enamored with the styling direction on new models. Specifically, the E class coupe which replaced the CLK coupe in 2010. I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a true pillarless coupe, as it has a small fixed window at the rear side corner. Also, a lot of new Mercedes-Benzes have a lot of chrome and LED lighting all over the place which makes them look a bit flash. Maybe this is attractive to some, but I prefer the more conservative days, such as when the W124 E class coupe roamed the showrooms.

I was, however, a fan of the CLK. My favorite was the Grand Edition coupe, a package offered only in 2009. For the coupe version, the sole color on offer was Palladium Silver with Tobacco leather and white stitching. I saw a new one in person at the dealership in 2009 and the color combination was striking. Nothing was excessive about the styling and it’s not an overtly large vehicle. Everything about this car just clicked for me. Unfortunately, the $57,000 entry price was too steep for me, even if the dealer had the car sit on their lot for several months and eventually marked it down to $44,000. Sadly, the car disappeared shortly after the markdown. I would love to own one of these someday, and here is a nice, low mileage example for sale.

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition on eBay

You are viewing a very nice 2009 Mercedes CLK350 Grand Edition with the 3.5 engine. This car has been very well taken care of and it shows. It is a one owner, doctor owned. The mileage represented is actual. It has never been smoked in with a clean smell throughout. Not one door ding. The automatic tranny and V6 are both 100% with no signs of trouble. All electrical options are functioning properly. The very classy charcoal exterior is in great condition. No scratches or dings anywhere. The black/tan leather interior is also in great condition. No wear. Some of the options are: leather heated seats, sunroof, tinted windows and the 18 inch staggered AMG wheels. The tires have over 50% tread remaining for the new owner. This CLK will come with a full factory warranty. Extended warranty is available at the time of sale.

This particular CLK is priced a few grand higher than your run of the mill 2009 CLK350, as most lower mileage CLK350s I’ve spotted these days are averaging in the $24,000 to $28,000 range. If this car could be had for just a shade under $30,000, I’d consider it well bought. These are great long distance cruisers and after owning a W203 C class (the chassis of which the C209 is based), I would highly recommend the car, as these models split the difference between sport and luxury rather well.

-Paul

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 Estate

I give a lot of credit to Mercedes-Benz for their willingness to let a select group of US buyers special order the last generation E class AMG wagon. The E55, introduced in 2005, featured the 5.5 supercharged AMG V8 that cranked out 469 horsepower. With the phasing out of the 5.5 liter supercharged engine, it made way for the E63, which brought us a family estate with over 500 horsepower.

These are rather unique cars, as only a few hundred were sold new. This 2009 E63 represents the last year for the W211 AMG estate.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on AutoTrader

CARFAX Certified one owner. The most rare car on the road, only two for sale in the whole United States for 2009. 507 HP, black on black, leather seats. Third row seating. Low miles. Navigation, Harman-Kardan Sound System, Xenon lights, all service completed. This E63 is immaculate. It is powered by a 6.2L 507 HP engine. No dents, scratches, non-smoker.

Multi-Zone A/C, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Heated Driver Seat, Heated Passenger Seat, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Adjustable Lumbar Support, Power Door Locks, Heated Power Mirrors, Variable, Rain and Speed Sensing Wipers.

The seller’s description in this ad was so bad that I had to massively edit it for the site. If it’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s dealers that try and sell unique cars like this and try and pass them off as your usual ex-rental Corolla. Also, I’d like to know how the Mercedes emblem on the tailgate was broken (there’s no ring around the three pointed star). All in all, a car of this stature deserves of a better presentation. With issues like these, it makes me wonder what else could have happened in this car’s past. When you spend this kind of money for a used car, you’ve just got to get it right.

-Paul