When I was a kid, I remembering reading through a 1987 issue of Road & Track magazine, in which they assembled a few supercars and took them to the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany for some top speed testing.
In this test, the RUF CTR “Yellowbird” – a modified Porsche 911 turbo with a slim hipped body and 469 hp – claimed the top prize by achieving 211 mph (340 km/h). That was a record back then for a road car, and is fast enough to put even some current supercars to shame.
The slowest car in that test was the Isdera Imperator 108i, which recorded a top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h). However, for me, the top speed was not that important, I was more into how a car looked, and the Imperator looked fantastic – its gullwing doors must have had some pull on me.
Ever since, I’ve been hooked on this vehicle. However, with roughly 30 units produced in total, finding one is never going to be easy. So imagine my delight when I stumbled across one for sale in UK, at DD Classics.
This example for sale is a Series 2 example, of which only 13 were made – hence the covered headlamps, and not the fixed units of the Series 1.
Finished in silver over black, it looks great, and given that it has covered just over 400 miles since 1991, it’ll be just like new.
Power comes courtesy of a Mercedes-Benz M119 series, 5.0L V8, which should be good for about 347 hp at least. A five-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in this mid-engine exotic.
If the shape of the Imperator 108i looks familiar, its because it’s based on the Mercedes-Benz CW311 concept car, which was designed as a rolling test bed for new technologies. The concept was the brainchild of Eberhard Schulz, who worked for Mercedes-Benz before he started his own company – Isdera – which specialized in low-volume road cars.
Schulz was so respected by Mercedes-Benz, that when he wanted to build the CW311 for himself, they gladly let him, and even signed on a deal to provide him with mechanical bits for the 108i.
Back to the car on sale, no price is given, but you can call the dealer to find out – here is >>>the link<<<.