Spyker one century of exotic cars page 6 of 14

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Maybach DS7 Zeppelin

By 1913 the Trompenburg company, of Spyker, had ran into financial again. The main reason of was the limited production of cars with large investments in and production. This first to a management change and then to a in 1915. The new owners of the company Dutch entrepreneurs who where to start aircraft production. the company suffered a nasty when main engineer left the company in 1913.

the take-over the company was renamed the Dutch Car and Aircraft Factory plc. and a new logo was introduced, a spoke wheel with a big propeller across. Also a new motto was incorporated into the Nulla tenaci invia est Latin for no road is impenetrable for him who Aptly chosen for a company already had survived two bankruptcies.

the departure of Laviolette the decision was to reduce the number of models and and to develop one model to replace all. Inspired by the American engineer Smit Kleine set out to a modern and reliable car.

In 1916 this new car was introduced to the the 13/30 HP C1. The C1 designation indicated C type 1, a new naming system for the cars after the take-over and to the names for the Spyker aircraft V1 to V4, where V stood for V liegtuig, for airplane). Only after the end of WW 1 in this model became to the public, due to supply difficulties for the (American) parts this needed.

The C1 looked the business its V-shaped radiator and elegantly design, but it was a bit of a disappointment. In the design and reliability was carried too far and so the chassis was heavy. The new and conventional 4-cylinder cc unit produced a mere 45 hp and by the car was regarded as underpowered. Besides the engine suffered from carburetion, the gear ratios fit the car very well and there problems producing effective now Spyker had changed back the transverse to the normal longitudinal

Still, the C1 was a high-quality and durable car was improved regularly during its run up to 1921. Best known C1 is the Aerocoque with extravert bodywork inspired by aircraft a two-seater intended as a show car but produced on a very limited In 1920 a more powerful C1 was advertised, the 14/34 HP C1, to oblige who felt the regular C1 was too slow.

The Spyker C1 which has survived to day is the 1919 torpedo model you see on pictures. It is in original state and was by a Mr. Spurbeon who lived in Australia.

In 1920 the Spyker C2 came on the a 2 ton truck with a 4607 cc Continental engine delivering 35 hp. The C3 somewhat of an enigma, but was probably a for a sporty 2-seater roadster wasn’t taken into

And then, in 1920, the 30/40 HP C4 On one hand this car proved to be piece de resistance (masterpiece if you and on the other, sadly, its swan

Special about the C4 was that it was around top quality parts by other companies, rather making everything themselves Spyker was used too. The important part, the engine, from the German Maybach This illustrious company was by Wilhelm Maybach, the engineer for the first Mercedes and renown for his innovations during the early of motoring.

Maybach DS7 Zeppelin

In 1907 Maybach left the company and founded his own engineering with as main objective to engines for the airships of his friend Zeppelin. After the first War Germany was prohibited to built so Maybach turned to car production At first only as an engine and the first car engine the company was a straight 6-cylinder overhead-valve with 5742 cc displacement 72 hp. Only one customer could be for this engine: the Dutch company. Spyker promised to a few hundred of these engines for new C4 model, but unfortunately this was much to optimistic and in the first year only a fraction of amount was actually delivered to

Maybach needed to sell more engines to survive, and so the decided to produce complete themselves. The first, the W3 model, was in 1921 and soon Maybach itself as a top quality car manufacturer, to the introduction of the world famous DS7 model in 1930. This was a opulent and expensive car with a smooth 7 litre V12 under the

For Spyker this was somewhat of a pill to swallow. Their supplier turning into a competitor in the market they had so tried to establish themselves for decades wasn’t a good

But the Maybach 6-cylinder worked well for the C4. It was powerful, dependable and and gave the car a top speed of up to 140 kph. was the double ignition system Bosch high-tension magneto and ignition with two spark per cylinder.

Amongst the other components used was the gearbox by Leflaive Cie from France an original Spyker design. A range of bodywork styles available for the C4, but most popular the open-top types like the and cabriolet.

The yellow C4 with aluminum shown here was sold to Baizly from Australia in In 1996 it was brought back to The by enthusiasts and now its owned by the National Museum Velorama.

Maybach DS7 Zeppelin
Maybach DS7 Zeppelin
Maybach DS7 Zeppelin


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