It’s been a while since we compiled the first list of forgotten and obscured supercars. There is no time like the present, so now we’re continuing where we’ve left off back then. Yet again, we’ll be taking you on a nostalgic journey riddled with underrated supercars. Supercars that likely deserved better than being called upon only when talking about flops, forgotten and/or obscured. Yet, they ended up in automotive history’s lost pages. Whether for being sub par in terms of quality, introduced at the wrong time, or simply strangled by competition, they never materialized as true-blooded supercars that caught imagination of majority of car enthusiasts.
This doesn’t mean all of these suffered from lack of quality, though. Many a good car suffered oblivious fate, including supercars. Although history seems to have decided that instead of us, sometimes the history’s simply wrong. Following 10 forgotten and obscured supercars surely deserved better than what they ultimately ended up with. Then again, maybe some of them really were POS. Decide for yourselves after taking a look at these supercars you’ve likely never seen before. Oh, and yet again, no concepts and one-offs. Let’s play it by the book, shall we?!
Isdera Commendatore 112i
Everything ever produced by Isdera is obscured. That’s how boutique German automaker works apparently. Yet, Commendatore 112i first introduced in 1993 is as obscured as supercar can get. It started as a one-off project which took 6 years and roughly $4 million to complete. The end result, however, was well worth it. With Mercedes-Benz 6.0L V12 at rear midsection, Commendatore developed 408 horsepower. Enough for 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds and top speed of 213 mph. But it wasn’t performance that raised the most eyebrows here. It was the styling. Deep air intakes, long rear end, periscope style rearview mirror, and gullwing doors which opened together with the engine bay, were never seen prior to Commendatore 112i’s introduction.
“Knight Commander,” translated from Italian, never made serial production. Isdera soon went bankrupt, and was sold to Swiss investors who preferred to conduct their business behind closed doors. They did make another Commendatore with improved performance, however. Isdera Commendatore 112i Silver Arrow was completed in 1999, and it came with 6.9L V12 mill this time. The output rose considerably, to 611 horsepower. So did the top speed which now maxed out at 230 mph. New owners tried selling it on eBay for $3 million in 2005, but no one was willing to buy it. Where these supercar unicorns are nowadays, only their Swiss owners know. Isdera prefers seclusion, but they do appear to get out for some fresh air once in a blue moon. Maybe then we’ll find out.