The little-known IsderImperator 108i coupe is up for sale at Bonhams in Monaco - one of only 30 ever assembled. Initially, the supercar was designed for production under the Mercedes-Benz brand, but the German firm was not impressed with the design. This is how the Isdera brand was born.
In 1978, a young engineer, Eberhard Schultz, then at Porsche, built a prototype of a mid-engined coupe of his own design - he named the car the Mercedes-Benz CW311. However, Mercedes-Benz refused to participate in the development of the project, and Schultz created his own company, Isdera, in order to bring the concept to at least a conditionally serial stage.
- The first conveyor coupes, called the Imperator 108i, were built by the mid-1980s and, like the prototype, were powered by AMG eight-cylinder engines. The company produced them until 1993, by the end of this period, having slightly changed the design of the supercar - for example, the coupe got pop-up headlights and lost the extravagant rear-view mirror on the roof. The copy put up for sale is already restyled, made in 1991.
- The supercar is powered by a five-liter V8 from Mercedes-AMG mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission. The engine recoil is not named, but with such a motor, the IsderImperator 108i could accelerate to 100 km / h in about 5 seconds at a top speed of 283 km / h.
- The auction house assumes that for an exotic mid-engined coupe it will be possible to gain from 500 to 700 thousand euros (from 45 to 63 million rubles).
At the end of last year, an even rarer Isder model, a one-of-a-kind Commendatore 112i prototype, was up for auction. As a result, 1,113,125 euros (99.94 million rubles) were paid for the rarity.