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Just a year after the presentation at Geneva motor show as an eye-catching concept, Smart put the barking mad Crossblade into production. Production figures were limited to 2000 to 'emphasise their exclusiveness'. The Crossblade is equipped with the SUPREX turbo engine as used in the city-coupé and Smart cabrio with a power output which has been electronically increased to 70bhp. The top speed is electronically limited to 83mph.
According to Philipp Schiemer, Marketing & Sales director at MCC Smart: "The Smart crossblade targeted an exclusive clientele who attach great importance to personal freedom and independence." He went on to say that, "No other manufacturer of production cars has a comparable competitor to the Smart crossblade"The unconventional car has neither a roof, doors, nor a conventional windscreen. Crossblade drivers sit under the open sky, and a narrow, transparent wind deflector is all that stands in front of the cockpit area. The safety cell, which is reinforced with numerous high-strength panels, has sturdy steel safety bars at the sides instead of doors.In addition to reinforcements in the floor, and A and B-pillars, the integrated roll bar also gives the car the desired flexural strength and torsional rigidity. This means that the Crossblade has almost the same demanding safety engineering as the Cabrio and the City-Coupé.
In addition to this the sporty two-seater is equipped with the restraint system familiar from these cars, which includes full-size airbags for driver and passenger in addition to belt tensioners and belt-force limiters.The safety cell is clad with matt titanium plastic parts in the area of the roll bar, the B-pillar and the door sills. The body panels are presented in gleaming jet black. The instrument panel and seat covers made of water-repellent, fire-red plastic are distinctive features in the interior. The steering wheel and gearshift knob are finished in black leather.
This example offered for sale is number 882 and has had just one owner from new. Used as an exclusive pit run about at race meetings in Europe the car has covered a remarkable and very low 371 miles from new. UK registered and available immediately.