31-Year Old Spy Hunter Car Mystery Solved!

So tonight while researching old driving games for that big poster, us Jalops were looking at some of the box/cabinet art for the famous game Spy Hunter. Specifically, we were looking at the car, which I always assumed was just made up for the game. But something clicked for Raph.

Here's what Raph said, over the old, salvaged Minitel system we use for inter-Jalop communications:

Holy crap, I never bothered to wonder what the Spy Hunter car was but... ISDERA?

Now, Isdera (a German acronym for Ingenieurbüro für Styling, DEsign ind Racing) isn't the most well-known supercar company, but they did do some dramatic stuff. Like the Imperator 108i, which appears to be the car used on the Spy Hunter artwork.

31-Year Old Spy Hunter Car Mystery Solved!

The Imperator was based on a concept car built for Mercedes-Benz, the CW311. It used a 5L Mercedes-Benz V8 which was potent enough to give it a top speed of 176 MPH. It also had a funky rear-view periscope thing, which seems to have been left out of the Spy Hunter car.

31-Year Old Spy Hunter Car Mystery Solved!

Alas, it doesn't seem like Raph was really the first to make the Spy Hunter-Isdera connection, but I still feel its important to keep you, dear reader, updated on this breaking 30 year old news.