In 1991, American automobile manufacturer Vector Aeromotive Corporation launched the Vector W8 Twin Turbo. Today, RM Sotheby’s has one of the 17 examples produced up for auction, offering up one of the most iconic supercar developments of the ’90s.
The Vector W8 had a claimed 242 MPH top speed when it first released, hitting 0-60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds. It caused a lot of controversies, as this speed was never officially reached — only automotive magazine Road & Track managed to get the car to 218 MPH in one of its tests, with other publications consistently encountering mechanical issues.
Despite its difficult launch and super-limited production run, the Vector W8 was a model that truly aimed to take on automotive giants such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. No corners were cut with its styling, with its body made from materials including carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass for structural rigidity, making the supercar cutting-edge in its time.
The engine was equally impressive, using aerospace-grade components to construct the six-liter V8. This particular example up for auction should still run well, seeing it only reads 2,268 miles on its odometer since it was delivered to the original — and single owner — in 1991. Inside, you’ll find an interior reminiscent of an airplane cockpit, with a digital computer screen and numerous instruments highlighted by an Airpath compass and Hobbs hours counter.
Take a look at the ultra-rare Vector W8 Twin Turbo in the gallery above, and find out more about its listing on the RM Sotheby’s website. It is expected to fetch between $300,000 — $450,000 USD, and is on sale until January 17, 2020.
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