The Amazing Story Behind the Exceptionally Rare Isdera Imperator 108i

If you haven’t heard of the car manufacturer “Isdera”, do not worry, you won’t be the only one!

Isdera are a privately run company based in Germany, they are manufacturers of extremely rare high performance cars, with each vehicle being hand built by a small team of craftsmen. Fascinatingly, the only way you will be able to order a new Isdera is by phoning the CEO directly!

Their first car, the Spyder 033, was unveiled in 1982. Some other vehicles from the company’s history are the 1985 Spyder 033-16, 1987 Spyder 036i and the Commendatore 112i. However, most of their adulation is born out of the incredible Isdera Imperator 108i.

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Eberhard Schulz, the founder of Isdera and the man behind the Imperator, was formerly employed by Porsche’s development department and he also worked as a design engineer at Mercedes. With the blessing and financial support of Mercedes, his engineering company developed a mid-engined supercar study called Mercedes CW311. Despite being reluctant to put the CW311 into production itself, Mercedes-Benz allowed Schulz for produce the vehicle under his own brand, and so, the Isdera Imperator 108i was born

Isdera Imperator’s were built in exceptionally scarce numbers, during a production run between 1984-1993 only 30 examples were ever produced making them a highly sought after commodity in the collectible car world.

Despite its futuristic exterior design, the technology this car employed was not too radical, whilst never the fastest supercar of its day, it was certainly one of the rarest and most intriguing – and quick enough to be an emperor of the autobahn.

The striking gullwing coachwork on a tubular steel chassis is powered by the highly regarded Mercedes-Benz M119 5-Litre V8. The combination of super-lightweight construction and outrageous power, results in astounding performance.

Isdera Imperator 108i Statistics

Year of production All versions: 1984-93
No. produced All versions: 30 units
Size (L / W / H / WB) mm 4220 / 1835 / 1135 / 2485
Mid-engined, Rwd
Engine V8, dohc, 4v/cyl.
Engine capacity 5547 cc
Power 390 hp
Torque 387 lbft
Gearbox 5M
Suspensions All: double-wishbones
Tires (F/R) 285/40VR15 / 345/35VR15
Weight 1350 kg (dry)
Top speed 176 mph*
0-60 mph
5.0 sec*
0-100 mph
10.8 sec*


Isdera Imperator 108i For Sale

If you have never seen an Isdera Imperator 108i, DD Classics are lucky enough to offer you this exemplary piece of automotive history. The 1992 Imperator 108i in our London showroom could well be the lowest mileage example in existence as it has cared for dutifully in a museum collection.


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Wrecked Ferrari Enzo Sells for €1.568 Million at Auction!

Do you remember hearing about the Ferrari Enzo that crashed in Malibu back in 2006? The little shunt that split the car in half…. News helicopters hovered overhead, shooting video of the mangled red Italian supercar, its front end and passenger compartment resting on the side of the road. Police grabbed the large body panels and Enzo chunks that littered the pavement, and loaded the seemingly hopeless wreck onto a flatbed truck.

Take a look at the aftermath of the devastating crash.

Well incredibly, that same car was recently sold by auction house, RM Sotheby’s in Paris. Ferrari only built 400 Enzo’s, and as there price tags continue to rise, they were not about to let another one go. So in the intervening years since the drivers stupidity, the utterly demolished Enzo — chassis number 135564 — was immaculately restored, adding options and features like navigation and a rear-view camera that weren’t on the original model. The color scheme, originally red over black, has basically been inverted and the Ferrari Enzo was even Classiche certified. We’re glad that Ferrari was able to save this Enzo. It’s a rolling piece of history that we (literally) cannot afford to lose, but would you pay €1.568 million for a car that once looked like this?

Despite Ferrari’s amazing achievement of restoring the vehicle, it’s astonishing how much it finally went under the hammer for, considering its accident history was so widely publicised!


Ferrari Enzo’s for sale in London

DD Classics currently have two, immaculate, Classiche certified Ferrari Enzo’s for sale that have not been split in two! Click the links underneath for more information.

Ferrari Enzo (2002)

Ferrari Enzo For Sale

Ferrari Enzo (2004)

Ferrari Enzo at DD Classics

To commemorate Ferrari’s first Formula 1 World Championship of the new millennium, the company manufactured a 12 cylinder mid-engine supercar bearing the founder, Enzo Ferrari’s prestigious name and was built using the latest Formula 1 technology.


Both Ferrari’s are available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment.

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Ferrari 599 GTO Mugello Rosso

Ferrari 599 GTO 2011 Mugello Rosso

History shows that only twice before has Ferrari attached the ultimate mark of speed and desirability to a street machine, namely the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO – both were defined by performance and an intention to go racing.  At the time of the new models announcement in 2010 Ferrari claimed that the 599 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) was their fastest ever road car, able to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Ferrari Enzo. Only 599 of the GTO model were ever built and in its initial release they were impossible to get your hands on, only a select few were invited by Ferrari to purchase. This specific model is finished in The Mugello Rosso special ‘two paint finish’ which is absolutely stunning.

When you climb into the Ferrari 599 GTO cabin, there is much more of a racecar feel than a standard 599. The interior garnish is more purposeful, carpets have bene replaced by rubber mats and naked carbon fibre. The snug seats have four-point harnesses. The rev counter reads to 10,000rpm.

Fire it up and you’ll be faced with a conventional handbrake, two drilled pedals and large gearshift paddles. The engine growls with menace. The noise made by the GTO’s 6.0-litre V12 is so complex, and so rich, you could sit there and listen to it at idle all day long. But it sounds even better on the move, under load, screaming up its vast rev range through second, then third, then fourth – almost as quickly as you can read this sentence.

When reading the statistics on this car they are not just impressive, they really are staggering! With an engine producing 670 PS (493 kW; 661 bhp) at 8250 rpm and 620 N·m (460 lb·ft) of torque at 6500 rpm. Ferrari claims the 599 GTO can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of over 335 km/h (208 mph).

The numbers tell only part of the story. Naturally handling is exemplary and road presence is extraordinary. The 599 GTO is impossible to describe and unmistakable when in its presence, this Ferrari is truly incredible.

DD Classics currently have two Ferrari 599 GTO’s in stock, available for viewing. Contact us to arrange an appointment.