These early-90s Vector prototypes are coming up for auction.
America may not produce supercars in the same quantity (or, we might argue, of the same quality) as some of its European counterparts. But it has produced its fair share over the years. And what we have here is a rare chance to get a piece of that history.
Coming up for auction are two prototypes produced by Vector Aeromotive – a long-forgotten Californian venture that joined the likes of SSC, Mosler, and DeLorean in the annals of American supercar history, and would end up (for a time) as a sister-company of Lamborghini.
Jerry Wiegert started Vector Aeromotive after graduating from the famous Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, with the mission to create a truly American supercar. It would take nearly two decades to bring the W8 into production, using aerospace technology to build it around an aluminum monocoque with carbon-Kevlar bodywork and a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V8 kicking out 625 horsepower – a positively massive figure in its day, and one of the first engines to produce over 100 hp per liter.
Vector sold nearly two dozen before turning its attention to its successor: the Vector Avtech WX-3, unveiled at the 1992 Geneva Motor Show.
It returned the following year with a roadster version, the pair painted in very early-90s shades of teal and purple borrowed from Wiegert's Aquajet personal-watercraft company. The basic building blocks were largely the same, but the design was even more extreme.
Corporate turmoil ensued when Indonesia's MegaTech (which also acquired Lamborghini) took over Vector, moved it to Florida, and scrapped the WX-3 project, leaving only these two concept cars to survive. Now they're coming up for auction at RM Sotheby's Scottsdale sale (for which Erik Fuller captured these images), where they're each expected to sell for about half a million bucks.