An incredible hand-built 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, the only example built and fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s iconic M120 V-12 engine will head a forthcoming Paris sale set to include a stunning, single-owner collection of Lamborghinis, including a Miura P400 SV, Countach LP400 and LP500 S, Espada Series 1, Islero GTS and 400 GT 2+2.
Isdera Commendatore 112i
The live-streamed sale will take place on 13 February and will include an automotive ‘unicorn’ constructed by the Germany-based, boutique supercar manufacturer, Isdera. The unique 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i was the brainchild of Eberhard Schulz, an innovative engineer and designer who created his first sports car, the Erator GTE, in 1971 and who went on to work for Porsche before joining B&B GmbH & Co Auto KG in Frankfurt/Main.
In 1978 B&B developed and built a prototype car, the CW311, which featured Mercedes-Benz mechanicals and was shown in 1978 at the IAA at Frankfurt.
Schulz set his own company up in 1982 for limited production, engineering and design and subsequently named it Isdera. The first car to be launched was the Isdera Spyder, but Schulz wanted to develop a production version of the CW311, and in 1983 launched the Imperator 108i, of which less than 20 examples were produced between 1983 and 1991.
Isdera then developed and launched the Commendatore 112i, named in honour of the legendary Enzo Ferrari, which featured a 6.0-litre Mercedes-Benz M120 V-12 engine capable of in excess of 400 bhp. Power was delivered to the rear wheels via a bespoke flywheel, using a specially adapted version of a six-speed RUF Porsche gearbox.
Featuring low-slung GRP bodywork, the car was tested in the Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel and returned a drag coefficient of only 0.306, which allowed speeds in excess of 200 mph. After fresh investment from a Swiss consortium, the Commendatore appeared at the 1999 Frankfurt IAA six years later, under a new name, ‘the Silver Arrow’, in an altered specification. The car was also featured in the 1997 videogame Need for Speed II for Playstation and PC, helping to build its cult following.
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The Isdera was reacquired some fours ago in 2016 and then returned it to its correct and original 1993 specification. The car boasts its correct BBS wheels, Porsche Arctic Silver paintwork, Recaro blue and black trim and the iconic Isdera periscope rearview mirror.
Today, it has covered less than 10,500 km from new. Having been rebuilt with road-use in mind, the car is currently registered in Germany and was previously registered in Switzerland
Joining the speed party is a single-owner collection of Lamborghinis with all the cars presented in what is described as ‘outstanding restored condition’ and each one is Polo Storico certified and represents an exceptional example of each model.
The collection comprises a 1967 400 GT 2+2 (€450,000 – €550,000), 1968 Espada Series 1 (Est. €180,000 – €220,000), 1969 Islero GTS (€400,000 – €450,000), 1971 Miura P400 SV (Est. €2,100,000 – €2,500,000), 1977 Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ (Est. €750,000 – €900,000) and a 1984 Countach LP500 S (Est. €300,00 – €350,000).
The collection represents some of the most iconic models that Lamborghini has produced in its history, and the sale of these cars represents an opportunity to acquire examples offered in stunning condition whilst benefitting from official factory certification.
Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s