Hi, my name is Ron and I own a Spartan Neo-Classic automobile #25 from the first year of production. This Spartan was built in 1983 using the Nissan 280ZX Turbo platform.
Most people do not know what a “Spartan Neo-Classic” is. “Let the questions begin!” - The Spartan is not a kit car. Neo-Classics are cars with bodywork that evokes the luxurious timeless designs of the 1920s and '30s, but with chassis and power trains from modern day automobiles.
The Excalibur is probably the most well known neo-classic car and they used Chevy/Corvette components for their drive train.
The Spartan Neo-Classic was the passion of Automobile Designer Ron Sparks of San Marcos, California. The 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo sports car was chosen as the platform for his hand crafted creation.
I am located in Central New Jersey and my car spent most of its life in a garage in Las Vegas owned by my aunt who was a professional lounge singer performing in many major hotels. She wanted a flashy car to go with her Las Vegas celebrity status. So when she saw the Spartan she had to own it. My aunt purchased the car in 1986 and was the second owner. After using the car for about three years, she got tired of people asking questions about the vehicle and having to tell the story about the Spartan… So she just put the car in her garage, covered it and let it sit for 19 years. You know what placing a car in a garage, untouched for 19 years does to the fuel? Not to mention the summer heat and dryness in Las Vegas? Finally, in 2008 I got the car transported to New Jersey and began a very unique restoration project. I spent a year working on the car and finally got it roadworthy again keeping everything original as possible.
Very little research data is available about the Spartan and you will not find this car listed in Kelly Blue Books or on other car published listings. However, thanks to the internet, I was able to find some history about the car. The Spartan was also Cruella de Vil’s car..... A car just like mine was used in the 1996 Walt Disney Production of the 101 Dalmatians starring Glenn Close as the villainous Cruella de Vil. The only difference was the color. In the movie the Spartan driven by Cruella was white with black fenders and had a red interior.
When I take the Spartan to car shows or cruise nights I take along a collection of stuffed Dalmatians and place them all over the car and instantly everyone, especially children, recognize the car as Cruella’s car. A great time is had by all!
Only 300 Spartans were ever built. Only 9 were produced in 1989, the last year of production. Most were purchased by celebrities: Eddie Murphy, Larry Holms, Joan Collins & Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys.