1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i: one-of-a-kind
In today's auto industry, producing "one-off" cars is common practice among manufactures looking to demonstrate their individual skills or create a truly exclusive model ― in the '90s, not so much.
In the past, the existence of a singular car most likely meant that the design had been an unsuccessful attempt by the manufacturer. This was the case with the Isdera Commendatore 112i, a model developed by Eberhard Schulz that was hand-built as a brutally fast and incredibly exclusive sports machine ― though the project resulted in only one existing car.
Conceived and built by the German designer with the intention to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's oldest active sportscar race. The model was set to be named after Enzo Ferrari and was constructed by boutique supercar manufacturer, Isdera. Designed to be as lightweight as possible yet incredibly powerful, a Mercedes-Benz 6.0-liter V12 engine produced more than 400 horsepower thanks to the DOHC system (with double camshaft at the top). The sleek build and advanced technology carried the makings of an ideal sportscar ― but ultimately, the engineer was forced to abandon the project after an economic crisis in Japan, where his biggest investors were located.
Once the project was nixed, a single car remained with only 10 thousand kilometers driven ― which will be auctioned in the coming February by the RM Sotheby's in Paris. A reserve price has not been set, but the model is set to achieve highly exclusive values ― as to be expected by a car this unique.
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