• Sep 4, 2009
1999 Vector M12 - click above image for hi-res gallery

Wow. No, make that whoa. Why? More rumor and myth than car, this here is an honest to goodness Vector M12. And its yours for the taking. Unsure as to what you're about to bid on? Here's the explanation. To those of us that grew on on A-Team and Knight Rider, the Lamborghini Countach was the most positively exotic automobile ever. Forget about reality (and reliability, livability, etc.), our biggest hopes and dreams involved us in a black Countach with Paulina Porizkova and /or Kathy Ireland riding shotgun. Not that we would have known what to do with either the car or the girl, but hey – we were twelve. But there was a dark side.

Vectors. They were like evil spirits. Something cooked up by the government in Area 51 using alien technology. And not just that regular old alien tech – we're talking the crazy stuff. You simply cannot imagine how impossibility AWESOME the Vector W2 was to a twelve-year-old mind. And you should have seen the jet fighter interior. It was like the space shuttle – the evil space shuttle. Then the W8 came out and it was still basically as nasty and mind bending. Then in the mid-Nineties, the M12 showed up, and well, the a little of the luster was lost.

We've heard some abso-fab stories – guns, cocaine, barricading one's self inside a building for 30 days – about what was going on at Vector in 1995. Suffice to say there was a very ugly battle between founder Jerry Wiegert and an Indonesian company called Megatech that hostilely took Vector over and canned Wiegert. As a result, the M12 never got the 1,200 hp twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 (or the Wiegertian top speed of 250 mph) that was planned for the never released WX-3. The M12 did however get the WX-3's aesthetics, although in reality it was nothing more than a Lamborghini Diablo with a goofy looking fiberglass body, terrible three-spoke wheels, the lowest rent interior possibly imaginable – and it weighed 3,600 pounds.

But never mind all that – you're bidding on an genuine American-Italian hybrid supercar with a 490 hp 5.7-liter V12 that can hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. And this one has 3.900 miles on it. Not shabby in the slightest. And remember, counting the four pre-production examples, Vector only made eighteen M12s. Unlike the common-as-a-housefly W8 (fifty built). Besides, you know your inner twelve-year-old will never be at peace without a Vector. Happy bidding. A big thank you to Davis for the tip!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing not only for being so poorly executed but worse, the W2 was simply direct plagiarism of Bertone's Alfa Carabo concept from '68. From the black rear bodywork to the hood vents, even the scalloped lower edge of the side windows. They're more similar than most production cars and the concepts from which they're derived. There was a burnt orange W2 in alot of photos from back then and it would be a dead ringer for a scale model of the Carabo in the same color, were it not for the mucked up proportions and hobie-cat construction quality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should warn you before looking at the interior picture ... so much for dinner, I feel nauseated.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't have a Countach on the wall, it was a Vector. It sat right beside the Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Van Halen etc posters...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, I didn't know they were making Vectors in 1999. That Slant nose 911 is pretty nice too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche Slantnose, Lambo Countach and Vector W2 adorned my walls as a kid. The M12 is far cry from the W2 though. That's the worst looking interior on an "exotic supercar" that I've ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pardon me, I'm trying to engage hyperdrive. It's "H" right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I LOVED the W2 and W8 when I was a kid, even had a huge poster of a W2 in my bedroom, right below an even bigger poster of a Countach. I never really cared for the M12 though.

      That interior is hideous! Is that a mid-90s Pontiac Bonneville steering wheel? Wow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once again, autoblog screws up on the pictures. On the interior pic, that is clearly an interior of a Dodge Caravan. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been behind the steering wheel many times before.....

        ... it came standard in my '98 Ford Contour ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I was about 10 and still living in Poland there used to be this chewing gum called TURBO. Each gum came packaged individually and included a picture of a car (kind of like Bazooka Joe comics). The Vector was the most coveted of them all. I had one and everyone at school wanted to trade me their entire collection of pictures for the Vector!
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah , Turbo gum FTW !

        Vector was the dream car of my childhood !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember when i first heard about the 240MPH (claimed) Vector Twin Turbo W8. I was 9 or 10 and wondered how they had 2 turbocharged V8 engines in that little car, one in the front and one in the back? The W12 was a big disappointment, not nearly as cool looking, I think I decided I'd have to settle for the Countach with Cathy Ireland (had the posters of both in my room)
      • 5 Years Ago
      My uncle was approached by these bozos in 1987 to work as a powerplant engineering consultant. He declined, describing the people he met with as being 'unstable'. Makes me wonder about the cocaine rumors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nah, forget this hunk of junk with its poor fitting passenger airbag cover, I want the Allante in the showroom next to it!!
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