August 1, 2021

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Geared for the Automotive Life

Commendatore Joins Lamborghini Collection at RM Sotheby’s Paris

Image: Rémi Dargegen © 2020 RM Sothebys

If there’s one constant regarding the annual Retromobile auctions in Paris, it’s that you’ll always see something there that you’ve never seen before.

Case-in-point: how many of you have seen an Isdera Commendatore 112i in the wild? Not many I’d bet, as there’s only one — and it’s soon coming up for auction at RM Sotheby’s in the City of Light.

RM Sotheby’s calls this car a unicorn — built by German supercar manufacturer Isdera, this one-of-one supercar was named in honor of Enzo Ferrari and featured Mercedes-Benz V12 power, a bespoke flywheel and a six-speed RUF Porsche gearbox. With slippery bodywork said to have a drag coefficient of 0.306, this car is capable of 200-plus mph.

Rémi Dargegen © 2020 RM Sothebys

This car is a true one-off that saw extensive modifications and a second life as “the Silver Arrow” in the late ’90s after Isdera received a fresh investment from a Swiss consortium. 

Now it’s been returned to its original 1993 specs by Isdera. And before you go writing this car off as a showpiece, it’s road-registered in Germany and has 10,500 km on the clock.

Rémi Dargegen © 2020 RM Sothebys

This car was featured in the 1997 Need for Speed II game for Playstation and PC, which adds an interesting layer to this car’s potential buying pool. If Countach buyers are still chasing wall poster glory from the 1980s, who can a video game bring to the table?

Rémi Dargegen © 2020 RM Sothebys

While the Retromobile event proper — the big show at the Porte de Versailles — has been moved to June 2021, the RM Sotheby’s sale is still a go for February 13, with this car joining a single collection of Lamborghinis — a 1967 400 GT 2+2, a 1968 Espada Series 1, a 1969 Islero GTS, a 1971 Miura PV400 SV, a 1977 Countach LP400 Periscopio and a 1984 Countach LP500 S. All of these cars are restored and Polo Storico certified, so watch for serious bidding and solid pricing.

Learn more at www.rmsothebys.com.