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There are tons of prestigious German auto manufacturers out there. Many of them were founded over a century ago. Some of them were heavily criticized for participating in World War II and aiding the axis powers. Ultimately, many potential customers tended to forget about Germany’s tainted past and decided to purchase their vehicles. Today, it is difficult to walk down a block and not see a German-made automobile. 

After World War II, Eberhard Shultz began working with automotive companies such as Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Shultz, an engineer by profession, later decided to design and build his own automobiles. In the 1960s, Shultz had designed a handful of exotic designs. In 1969, Shultz designed the Erator GTE. In 1978, he worked with Mercedes-Benz and was credited for designing the CW 311. 

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In a fairly short period of time, Shultz's vehicles began turning heads. By 1982, Shultz decided to form his own automotive company which was called Isdera. Isdera was originally based in Leonberg, Germany but then relocated to Hildesheim, Germany. There Shultz designed The Spyder 033 and The Spyder 033-16 in 1985. Isdera later went on to design and construct The Spyder 036i. Shultz used the old German imperial eagle as his logo for Isdera. He wanted customers to understand the connection between Germany's successful automotive history and his newly formed company.


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In 1984, Isdera's ultra-modern Imperator 108i really shocked car enthusiasts due to it's gull wing doors and bullet-like fiberglass body. Shultz managed to maintain and fabulous relationship with Mercedes-Benz which later paid off big time for Isdera. Mercedes-Benz agreed to allow Isdera to use Mercedes-Benz parts. Shockingly, in the Imperator 108i, Isdera used a Mercedes-Benz V8 engine. The early models came with an engine which produced about 275 horsepower. Later models reached a staggering 400 horsepower. 


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Isdera's most shocking vehicle to date was the Commendatore 112i. The vehicle debuted in the early 1990s and put it's competitors to shame. The Commendatore 112i had an electronic rear spoiler, gull wing doors, and a velocity sensitive electronic activated chassis, which raised and lower the car's body based on the overall speed.

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It's power plant was a 6.0 liter Mercedes-Benz V12 engine with 415 horsepower. At the time, this was a comparable engine compared to similar competitors.  The Commendatore 112i claimed a top speed of 212 m.p.h. and reached 60 m.p.h. in less than 4 seconds. 


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Luckily, the Isdera Commendatore 112i is still out there and you may find one. The only problem is that it you may have to own a bank, the price tag is around $500,000 and that was in 1993. Another modified version of the Commendatore 112i was later released in 1999. This was the Silver Arrow C112i and it looked very similar to the Commendatore 112i. It reached a top speed of 230 m.p.h. and featured an automatic lifting airbrake. No other vehicle had this technology at the time. According to some sources, one owner of the car was asking $3 million. 

There may be an array of German auto manufacturers out there to choose from. By now you should have the ability to conclude that Isdera is surely one of them. It's owner and designer was a true visionary and had the time, dedication, and knowledge to design and construct some remarkable vehicles. Today, Isdera still builds concept vehicles for automotive enthusiasts all over the globe. Oh, and if you really are serious about purchasing an Isdera, hopefully you are a patient person because there is a six month waiting period.  


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