The Vector W8 was an attempt to make an American supercar to compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini. It is powered by a twin-turbo all aluminum 365 cubic inch V8, coupled to a modified GM transmission. At the time of a Car and Driver test, they obtained a 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a 12-second quarter mile, top speed of 218 miles per hour and handling of .97g on the skid pad. Its sleek styling offered a low 42-inch profile, Recaro seats, a Kevlar body, and it weighs 3,570 pounds. The hand built car was offered at $483,000.
Vector Aeromotive was founded in 1971 by Gerald Wiegert as design house Vielle Design Force. His plan for the Vector was to feature various power plant options, including a DOHC Porsche engine. Preproduction literature indicated it would cost $10,000.
The predecessor Vector was featured in Motor Trend in April 1972, and a concept was displayed at the 1976 Los Angeles Auto Show. Wiegert renamed the firm 'Vector Aeromotive' in 1977. Although around 50 Vector supercar models were developed and produced during the 1980s and 1990s, including some racing versions mostly built using USA made components. Wiegart continued on his quest, forming and reforming Avtech Motors and Vector Supercars, and displaying another prototype, the Avtech, in 2007.
This particular Vector carries production number 1, and was purchased from its first owner - a Saudi Prince - who kept the car in Hollywood. It is presented in its original color of Graphite Gray.