Isdera Commendatore is one of the mysterious supercars of our time. This supercar weighed 1450 kg (3190 lb), had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7s and a top speed of 342 km/h (212 mph). The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car was powered by a 408 PS (300 kW/402 hp,) Mercedes-Benz, 48-valve, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The Commendatore has a low, sleek, bullet-shaped design and two gull-wing doors. A velocity-sensitive electronic chassis lowers the car three inches (76 mm) under high speeds to improve handling. The car sold for US$466,000.

Isdera was a privately run automaker based in a small workshop in Leonberg, Germany. Each high-performance sports car was hand-built by a small team of craftsmen, and the only way to purchase an Isdera was to call the CEO directly. Each vehicle was custom built for its buyer, and a waiting period of six months is to be expected.

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The company was founded in 1969 by Eberhard Schulz, and its first vehicle, the Isdera Erator GTE, was built in 1970. Other famous vehicles in the company’s history are the 1983 Spyder 036i, the 1984 Imperator 108i and the 1986 Imperator 033i Spyder. Each model was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland.

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The Commendatore was the final product of ex-Porsche designer Eberhard Schulz and his two sons. It was completed as a pre-production prototype which was to be followed by a limited series with a unit cost of $450 000 USD. But before any production Commendatores were made, Isdera went bankrupt and the remainder of the company was sold to Swiss interests.

Following the Imperator, Schulz decided to take his concept to the next level with the Commendatore. Like the Mercedes-Benz project cars, the Commendatore was packed with new technology hardly anyone else was willing to commit to. Thus, to develop this car, Schulz had to spend close to four million euros.

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The car had advanced systems such an active rear airbrake designed to deploy under braking and an automatically adjustable ride height. The Commendatore was based around largest Mercedes V12 available at the time and it was supported by a complex tubular space frame.

An estimated 70 cars have been sold by Isdera since 1983. Projects since 1993 have been kept top secret by Isdera. The company’s most recent automotive ventures and sales figures have not been released to the general public.

The last confirmed vehicle to be produced by Isdera was a fully functional prototype called the Isdera Silver Arrow C112i in 1999. The vehicle shares the same body and chassis as the 1993 Commendatore 112i, but is powered by a Formula One, 400 hp V12. The car’s top speed is recorded at 205 mph (330 km/h). At the time of its introduction, the Silver Arrow was the only car in the world to feature an automatically lifting airbrake.

In October 2005 the Silver Arrow prototype was offered for sale on eBay for US$3 million, but was not sold.

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