• Feb 6th 2010 at 12:55PM
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Galpin Spyker dealership launch - Click above for high-res image gallery

Most people think of Ford when they hear the name Galpin. After all, the Van Nuys, CA dealership has been the Blue Oval's number one volume seller for twenty years running. But Galpin sells more than Mustangs and Fusions. Their Premier Collection showroom houses inventory for Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lotus - it's the same place we visited to get up close and personal with the Aston Martin One-77.

Galpin can now add one more to that list. Spyker, the new owner of Saab, has appointed Galpin as its latest dealer and the only one in Los Angeles. The announcement kicked off with a party earlier this week at Galpin's Classic Collection building with various colors of the C8 Aileron coupe and spyder on display.

Don't expect the Dutch supercars to fly off Galpin's showroom floor, though. Just 45 cars were sold worldwide last year, with the United States accounting for less than half that total. That said, Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin, has realistic expectations for 2010. He hopes to maintain ten percent of the North American market share, which would currently equate to just a couple of cars each year. Hit the jump for the press release from Galpin or click on our gallery of live shots from the event below.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


Galpin Motors announced today that it will celebrate the addition of the luxury automotive exotic, Spyker, to the stable of premium brands at the esteemed Galpin Premier Collection. Galpin will now serve as the exclusive Spyker dealership for Los Angeles.

Spyker Cars of the Netherlands – which has also just reached an agreement to acquire iconic automotive brand Saab – is acclaimed for its high-end, hand-crafted premium sports cars. Spyker is the definition of ultra-exclusive with extremely limited production automobiles for the most discerning automotive purist. Its motto "For the tenacious, no road is impassible" has been proven over the past year as one of the world's smallest brands defied a crumbling economy and continues to bring new product into the market.

Spyker models are not for the faint of heart. With vehicle prices ranging from $210,000 to $280,000 and impressive speeds reaching nearly 200mph, the Spyker brand is truly for the most accomplished and passionate automotive enthusiasts.

"We're very excited to have Spyker join our Premier Collection," said Beau Boeckmann, Vice President of Galpin Motors. "Spyker's machine-turned touch-points and high-end design elements, to its aircraft-inspired styling, Spyker will bring a new dimension to our family of exclusive motorcars. We are dedicated to becoming the premier retailer for Spyker."

The opening of Galpin Spyker will mark a new chapter for the brand with the introduction of the all-new C8 Aileron Coupe and C8 Aileron Spyder.

"The design of the car is nothing short of extraordinary. Not only is there extreme attention paid to detail with hand-crafted parts from the finest alloys and materials, but its performance is breathtaking." Boeckmann adds. "In a world of cost-cutting and intensive use of plastics in automobiles, Spyker is a no- excuses automobile where every component is engineered to aircraft-type standards with jewel-like quality."

Galpin will host a private party to induct Spyker into the Galpin Premier Collection, which currently includes Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lotus Cars. The invitation-only guests will enjoy a VIP cocktail reception sponsored by IWC watchmakers; Black, Starr & Frost will present Sir Gabriel Tolkowsky's Gabrielle Diamonds. Bernardus Winery, Stockholm Krystal Vodka and Macallan Whiskey will also be represented at the Gala event.

The exclusive Spyker showroom is located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys, Calif., 91406. For more information about Spyker at Galpin Motors, please visit www.galpin.com. Main line: 818.894.3800

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Spyker - tasteless, puerile design for people with a lot of money and zero taste.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spykers are hands down the most beautiful sportcars out there. The attention to detail is amazing.

      Except for the orange interiors and the hideous diamond pattern, I'd take one over an Aston.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you Nick! Aston's are definitely boring plain vehicles, I'm glad more than just me seem to realise that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spykers are elegantly crafted (Fit & Finish), The style however is BARF. Ducts and vents of odd shapes for location, randomly slapped on. To be considered ELEGANT, a design must flow (See Aston Martin V12 Vantage, DB9 etc..).
        • 5 Years Ago

        I'm sorry to hear that, I guess you have no sense of taste.

        I'm sure you'll like to spend $150k on a boring looking grey Aston with a dashboard straight out of a Ford Focus?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh please. All of you stop bickering. None of us can afford these cars, and the people that CAN probably have at least one of each brand in their driveways so BFD!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow. I was just going to comment that that thing is hideous. I mean, sideways cupholders on the outside? And can next year's model please have ducts and vents and scoops and flanges and louvers on the front of the doors too? It's the one spot they neglected to bling up.

        I'll take the refined elegance of an Astin any day. Polarizing design, I guess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This guy has no sense of taste for preferring an Aston Martin over a Spyker? lol really??

        I'm sorry but Spyker really has amateur designers or something because everything about this car is gaudy and tasteless. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if you can get past the cheesy hole punched air vents everywhere and see what this car is, then you will see that it's a dated design that never really had any style... Except for maybe the interior which is kind of cool. That shifter is pretty awesome.

        Sure this is a car where the designers paid attention to the details but I think they paid too much attention to the details so that the car as a whole fails. The details are poorly designed anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pdexter: Spyker's aren't meant to replace your Ferrari/Lambo, they're a fashion/class symbol for special events. You'd be hard pressed to find rich folk using these as a daily driver or even a track racing car. It's not about that, it's about elegance & show-off-ness.

        Having said that, I do find the golden-orangey one extremely attractive looks-wise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Brooks. Are Spykers hideous? Not even close, but when we are talking about supercars i would rather take Ferrari, Lambo and not even a contest compared to Aston Martin when we are talking about car that's about looks.
        Interiors is Spykers strong point in my opinion. Not totally my taste thought, but it's different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with you for the most part. I think Spyker builds an incredible looking car and I really like the interiors, they don't look like anything else out there and I really like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally understand that and i'm very much Spyker like guy who looks for something different from cars. Spyker is just not special for me that's all i'm saying.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how a company like Spyker, who sells just 45 cars a year (mentioned above), is able to receive finance to do the Spyder-Saab deal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wonder how a nearly bankrupt Italian automaker could force GM to dump it altogether with a $2 billion dowry to boot?

        Then how could that same Italian automaker buy the #3 US automaker for nothing down and get the US taxpayer to pay for it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pfff you guys like what you know, but are afraid of anything new. Look at some of the recent Ferraris, do you think they're all that beautiful? Or is it because you're in love with Ferrari's brand image?

      I love the Spylers because they don't look as bloated, heavy and static as some of the other sport cars. For those wondering about the many air vents, you probably don't like the Aston One-77 either then right? Spyker cars are inspired by airplanes, which is why their air inlets have the shape they have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not particularly fond of Spyker as an automobile, although it does have some fine attributes that should attract a couple of buyers a year. Who can build a financial case for that kind of business anyway? I am sure Bob Lutz is scratching his head too.

      Just look at that front bumper. No way could it sustain a 5 mph crash. I fear if it hit a curb or even a soft-sided pedestrian the repair bills would be astronomical!

      Furthermore, I hope Spyker has no intention of redesigning Saabs to mimic each another. The results would be horrendous to say the least. Keep "Spyker" Spyker and "Saab" Saab, if you know what I mean.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spyker is, if nothing else, a company that's completely comfortable with its identity, like Saab used to be in the late 80's, the way we remember it most fondly. Victor Mueller has said he has plans to produce the Aero X concept and return Saab to its roots, and I think that Spyker has the originality to do that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I disagree with many of you. I think the Spyker is an incredible looking car inside and out. Its just not as boring as other sports car. This car might actually get you noticed. Lamborghini's and Ferrari's are all to common these days and a car like this is actually a rare sports car that is gorgeous and fast. Thats my opinion at least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design is far too busy, to be attractive.
      Apart from some rich Arab millionaire, I struggle to understand which kind of person is supposed to buy this kind of car.

      If you strip them of all the those air inlets, it is just a plain design, not even original since they scream Aston Martin all over.
      They are not ugly...........let's say they are a bit "overdone"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spyker is for the wealthy man who wants to find their 6-year-old-dreaming-of-being-an-astronaut happy place.

        Astons, Ferraris, Porsches...they're all great. Very pretty, very fast. But the Spyker is lovably over-the-top for people who like that sort of thing.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Spyker design team motto:

      Let`s take Maserati Spyder, add a bit of Aston to it, and let a 5-year-old drive pipes through it in random places.

      Looks like a kit car with 2-inch gaps between panels. Nice quality and attention to details.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES. Now I might occasionally see one as I live next to Galpin Ford (read: I'd like to move...) . I don't know, I really think Spyker will sell more than they expect because the Aileron is much more attractive than the C8. Only time will tell, either way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, everyone hates on Spykers.... Anyone here actually driven one? I have, 3 different examples in fact. I drove the C8 Spyder, C8 Laviolette LM85, and the new Aileron. Forgetting about how they look for a minute, which is clearly in the eye of the beholder, they are much more visceral to drive than anything else out there on the road at that price point. The sound of an Audi V8 with near-straightpipes on it, best experienced in the Spyder, is more intoxicating than any Ferrari I've ever driven. The exposed shifter linkage is absolutely brilliant, and even more fun to use than a Ferrari/Lambo/Audi gated shifter, and the "ragged edge" feeling of driving one on a racetrack is an extremely unique experience, most closely compared to a Shelby Cobra or something equally as raw.

      The Aileron is much more toned down than the C8 SWB series, which is fine for those who want to commute to work in one, but it's just not "racy" enough for my taste.

      Aston Martin's are beautiful as well, and I've got one in the garage right now, but the GT car experience with an Aston is the exact opposite of the goosebumped intensity that comes with driving a Spyker.

      They may have only sold three-hundred cars or so, but there's something to be said for the fact that only about 10 of them have ever been re-sold.
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