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Spyker C12 Zagato

Published: 08 March 2007

Add Italian design, German power and Dutch craziness, and you get this

One look at the Spyker C12 Zagato and you know why they call the Dutch crazy. This limited edition run of 24 cars was built to celebrate Spyker’s entry into Formula One, and the company roped in its F1 driver Adrian Sutil to pulls the wraps off the Zagato. If it looks, well, odd in the pictures, under the glare of Geneva’s show lights, the Zagato looked even odder. Like an ill-advised late night liaison between a 1950s jet car and a boat, the C12 takes exclusivity – and desirability – onto rarefied planes.

Fancy a Coda Tronca?

‘All Spyker cars have their own very unique style – the aeronautical retrospective style co-exists with craftsmanship and elegance. The new Zagato body becomes even more unique, aggressive and sensual at the same time. It features a new double bubble panoramic roof, F1 influenced nose and air intakes, chimney and a “coda tronca”, the typical Zagato cut off tail end,’ explains Zagato designer Norihiko Harada. The car was built by Coventry Prototype Panels in the UK within four weeks.

Bee Bah Bee Bah Bee Bah…

Not that the 24 lucky owners will have any problems outrunning the fashion police – the 1480kg C12 is powered by a 6.0-litre W12 engine, borrowed from Volkswagen, that develops 500bhp for a 3.8 second sprint to 60mph and a 193mph top speed. Other mechanical highlights include a six-speed manual transmission with F1-inspired paddle-shift. Prices start at £350,000.

By Ben Whitworth

Contributing editor, sartorial over-achiever, HANS device shirt collars