SPYKER IS BORN
The Spyker company is founded by two Dutch brothers, Hendrik Jan and Jacobus Spijker, who are blacksmiths by profession. At first, the ambitious brothers concentrate on building and maintaining carriages in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
SPYKER BUILDS FIRST MOTORCAR
The Spijker brothers built their first Benz-engined motorcar with which they win immediate acclaim for the craftsmanship of its bodywork.
GOLDEn STATE COACH
Spyker experiences its first major highlight when the opulent “Golden State Coach” is delivered to Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. It is still used for ceremonial Dutch events in the 21st century.
SPYKER 60 HP GRAND PRIX RACER
The company introduces the
Spyker 60HP Grand Prix racer,
the world’s first sixcylinder
four-wheel drive car.
PEKING TO PARIS
Frenchman M. Goddard enters a Spyker 14/18 PK into the most gruelling race of all time: the Peking to Paris Raid. Six months later, in August, the Spyker finishes second in the 15,000 km monster race.
NULLA TENACI INVIA EST VIA
Spyker merges with Dutch Aircraft Factory N.V. and the company
motto becomes: “Nulla Tenaci invia est via”: for the tenacious no
road is impassable. During the First World War, 100 Spyker fighter
planes and 200 aircraft engines are produced.
After the First World War a two-seater car, the C1 “Aerocoque”, is shown for the first time. It is intended as a show car but is also produced on a very limited scale.
SPYKER TENAX BREAKs ENDURANCE RECORDS
The so called ‘Tenax’ or C4 breaks the Rolls Royce endurance record by 6,000 km. The C4 completes 30,360 km in the Dutch winter weather in just over a month.
SPYKER C4 BREAKS SPEED RECORD
Renowned racing driver Selwyn Edge believes that technology has progressed enough to attempt to break the average speed record set in 1907. He chooses a Spyker C4 fitted with streamlined racing bodywork for the challenge, succeeding by driving at an average of 120kph (74.5 mph) during two 12-hour periods.
the Spyker Company ceaseS trading
45 years after it was first formed,
the original Spyker Company ceases to exist.
SPYKER IS REBORN
Seventy-five years after the original company disappeared, the brand is resurrected.
On 17 October, the new Spyker Cars N.V.
unveils the Spyker C8 Spyder at the Birmingham Motor Show.
SPYKER C8 LAVIOLETTE CONCEPT
The Spyker C8 Laviolette is launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show.
SPYKER C8 DOUBLE 12 R
The Spyker C8 Double 12 R is launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
SPYKER C8 DOUBLE 12 S
A street-legal version of the C8 Double 12 R is introduced: the C8 Double 12 S.
SPYKER D8 PEKING-TO-PARIS CONCEPT
The Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris, a Super-SUV concept, makes its
worldwide debut at the 75th Geneva International Motor Show.
Spyker acquires the Midland Formula One team and competes for a season in the pinnacle of motorsport: FIA Formula One.
SPYKER C12 ZAGATO CONCEPT
Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars, and Andrea Zagato, CEO of Zagato, unveil
the Spyker C12 Zagato concept at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show.
SPYKER C8 AILERON
The production version of the Spyker C8 Aileron, the second generation Spyker supercar featuring a longer wheelbase than its predecessors, makes its debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show.
Spyker Squadron finishes 5th at Le Mans
The Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R finishes 5th in class in the most grueling endurance race of the world; the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
SPYKER C8 AILERON SPYDER CONCEPT
In August, the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder
concept is unveiled at the globally
celebrated Pebble Beach Concours
D’Elegance in Monterey, California.
SPYKER B6 VENATOR CONCEPT
2013 marks the global resurgence of Spyker as a creator of meticulously built automobiles
whose beauty is equaled by their unrivaled craftsmanship. The brand’s revival is heralded
by the introduction of the Spyker B6 Venator Concept, a unique alternative in the High
Luxury Sports sector, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show.