• Aug 3rd 2010 at 9:58AM
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1996 Vector M12 – Click above for high-res image gallery
The definition of insanity is said to be doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Based on that description almost every person that has ever tried to start a new sports car company must be absolutely certifiable, Certainly, some of the people that dealt with Vector creator Gerald Wiegert over the years would probably apply that label. Over the span of 35 years, Wiegert never really gave up his dream of building an American supercar, but over that time period, fewer than three dozen Vectors are said to have been completed. With that sort of scarcity, It's not often that you'll find two of them in the same place, but a car dealer in Ohio currently has a pair of M12s for sale, including the very first "production" model.

In the mid-1990s Wiegert lost control of Vector to the same Indonesian company that bought Lamborghini from Chrysler and later sold it to Audi. During that overlap period, Megatech moved the company to the same Green Cove Springs, Florida industrial park that more recently was reputed to be a staging ground for the UN invasion of America. Megatech took the earlier WX-3 design and wrapped it around what was essentially a modified Lamborghini Diablo powertrain rather than the previous Chevrolet small-block V8 derivative. In other words, the stars-and-stripes patriotism of this particular M12's paint scheme is sadly a bit late for the all-American cheerleading, more ironic than appropriate.

Only 14 M12s were reported to be delivered to customers over a four-year period. After selling Lamborghini to the Germans, the final M12 was refitted with a small-block meant to be offered as the SRV8, but Vector Motors finally imploded before any were sold.

[Source: eBay Motors]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Really? Who the hell would buy this? Are all Ferrari's sold out?
      When you see how sorted a Ferrari/Mclaren/Porsche/AM is and all their engineering staff would you really lay down serious dough for this fast as heel in a straight line POS?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that interior is shamefully bad. Even for a supercar.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Only the very first Vector was cool - the rest were microwaved plastic leftovers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a cheap imitation of the Jaguar XJ220, by the mid 90's this car looked dated already.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I sat in the original car when I was a kid at a show. It looked nothing like this junk. The dash was all digital, the lines were more angular and it had the all aluminum V8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At second glance, the steering wheel and column looks as though they came from a Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique - the shape of the wheel is right and the turn signal and wiper stalks are a dead giveaway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone else noticed the similarities between the Vector and the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car?


      Did Wiegert really do anything truly original?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I used to covet these when looking at them in the car mags, but after seeing these pictures, especially the interior shots and the kit-car like assembly quality, uuuuhh, nevermind. MemphisNET, I think the steering wheel is from a Taurus. Neons had thinner spokes at 10 and 2.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Corner49, Not really hating on them, just stating observations. And I'm surprised. I don't think the build quality (at least the interior) is anywhere comparable to cars of its own era either and I'm talking about the big three. The gauges are about as plain as you can get on a plain black plastic panel, any HS dropout could have covered the dash in vinyl, and the cutouts do not conform to the button switches. This is really kit-carish.

        I've seen regular Joe Schmoes customize their hot rods with better attention to details than these two Vectors. Seriously.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... and I'm pretty sure that climate control unit was plucked from a Ford. It looks a LOT like the ones offered in the 92 - 95 Taurus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So many comments hating the build quality and details of this car. Funny, really. You can't judge it by modern standards.

        Ever stuck your head in a Diablo or 355? The fit and finish was horrible. Go back further to the Countach and 308. Abysmal.

        If you waste your time hating the details, you'll miss something great. I don't just mean this car, but any car more than 5 years old. The McLaren F1 is the only car that has aged so gracefully, and that is a phenomenon.......which originally toted an astronomical price tag.

        It's history. Look at it for what it offered, not what it didn't. We've improved. That's something to pride in the present, not abhor about the past.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember thinking these things were one of the coolest cars when I was a kid. Granted, I also thought the C4 was a super cool car, hated Ford (for no real reason) and thought nothing cool ever came from Japan. My how things change when you grow up...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time I read a story like this, I am that much more impressed by what Horatio Pagani has managed to pull off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vectors are freakin amazing. too bad they didnt get much attention when they came out. I saw the new concept one at the LA Auto show a couple of years ago, they were supposed to be working on the "Veyron Killer" but I have heard no word of it since :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design really didn't do anything for me.
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