The birth of Donkervoort
Overnight, the S7 made him a sportscar dealer, a designer, a developer, an engineer and a customer-service innovator as well.
The S7 was so well developed by the first-time carmaker that it became the first lightweight, small series sportscar ever awarded an official type approval in Europe.
The 1.6-litre OHC four-cylinder Ford engine delivered 66kw (90hp) and Donkervoort attached it to a four-speed gearbox.
The S7 was a surprise sensation, with its ultra low weight of 525kg helping it to reach 100km/h in seven seconds, and it ran on to 170km/h.
Though it was replaced after just two years, it taught Donkervoort many valuable lessons, and gave him and the company the confidence to make sportscars without compromises.