Best Of The Best 2006: Most Basic Instincts

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This little Dutch roadster is a masterpiece of engineering and design. So beautiful on a macro and micro level, the Spyker C8 Spyder is more reminiscent of a Bugatti Atalante or a McLaren F1 than a series production sports car. From the all-aluminum body to the pedal box that evokes a Swiss watch to the Chanel-like quilted leather interior, no aspect of the $270,000 Spyker has been left unattended.

Beneath the surface is a race-bred aluminum space frame and lightweight subassemblies with a tuned, transversely mounted Audi V-8 plunked amidships. Pushed to do what it is meant to do, the Spyker handles and brakes like a Lotus Elise. But at 2,750 pounds and with 400 hp on tap, the vehicle runs with the big dogs. The Spyker C8 Spyder is a rare and exquisite jewel that looks like no other, and proves that not all exotic sports cars hail from south of the Alps.

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Ferraris steal the show, with three 1960s examples each selling for more than $16 million…
The 1972 Maserati Boomerang and 1950 Bugatti Type 101C Coupé Antem are pieces of automotive mastery…
Concepts from Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and others stole some limelight from Pebble’s historic cars…
Of the 219 cars that competed at Pebble from 16 countries and 29 states, here are our favorites…
The five-seat performance vehicle, scheduled for release in 2016, is Jaguar’s first-ever SUV…
The September 6 event near Paris on will feature an abundance of classic cars and culture…
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Guests high-tail it through the desert in a Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche…
A Red 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Wins the Quail’s Highest Honor…
With enhanced horsepower and a weight under 2,500 pounds, this racer is ready to rumble…