If there's any company that's faced some ups and downs, surely it's Spyker. The Dutch coachbuilder originally started out in 1880 and shut down in 1926, laying dormant until resurfacing in 1999. Things were going alright until Spyker tried running its own F1 team (which as fellow niche European sports car manufacturers Caterham and Marussia could tell you, is not a good idea) then set its sights on Saab. Of course we all know how that turned out and nearly drove the company into bankruptcy.

Now Spyker is back to its core business with plans for a new model, but it appears that its past troubles are not behind it quite yet. Reports from the Netherlands indicate that local tax authorities have quite the bill to settle with Spyker, forcing the Dutch automaker to auction off some of its assets.

Among those items being auctioned off to settle Spyker's debts are a 2007 Spyker-Ferrari F8-VII grand prix car, a C8 sports racer, a handful of new C8 Ailerons, a rare D12 Peking-to-Paris SUV concept (which may or may not finally reach production some day) and a stockpile of 85 Audi V8 engines and transmissions.

The sale represents a unique opportunity for collectors, but while our Dutch compatriots at Autoblog.nl cite Spyker sources as refuting any association between the auction and a potentially looming bankruptcy, it doesn't appear to speak well of the company's financial wellbeing.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      A spyker in on top of my lottery dream car list.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Victor Mueller guy is an authentic car nut. Everyone said the Spykers were beautifully made. They were definitely nice to look at. He also had big (if unworkable) plans for Saab, becoming a Swedish luxury brand totally separated from GM with highest quality engineering and supply chains. But that is a whole other ball of wax. Cool guy though.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know how responsible the owners have been considering re-investing into the company, rather than affording lavish lifestyles for themselves, but either way, government should support such an iconic brand (not by giving them a tax free card, but perhaps letting them pay it off some way that doesn't hurt the company, it's employees and future).
      • 1 Year Ago
      They had a good niche business and they should have stuck with it. When you see a Spyker up close in person, it just oozes elegance.