WX-3 prototype pair that tore Vector apart set for auction
These Vector WX-3s never made it into production, but a pair of 1000bhp+ prototypes are now up for auction. You can even take your pick; coupé or roadster.
Today every nation has a supercar flagship. Britain has the McLaren Speedtail, France the Bugatti Chiron, Germany the Audi R8, and even Denmark has the Zenvo ST1. America joined the supercar party back in the late 1970s with Vector, but its most ambitious model never made it to production.
All that survives of founder Gerald Wiegert's failed WX-3 supercar project are these two prototype cars up for auction with RM Sotheby’s next month.
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After Vector revealed its first W2 supercar prototype, it went on to build a handful of low volume W8 examples, before revealing a model that stole the headlines. The WX-3 was a Lamborghini-rivalling machine, complete with a wedge-shaped exotic car look.
It debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show in 1993 and was planned to be offered in three variants, ranging from ‘entry-level’ 600bhp V8 up to the 1200bhp top dog. It wasn’t just about power, though; the WX-3 featured advanced technologies such as aerodynamic surfaces that adjusted to trim the car at speed.
Wiegert had founded Vector and designed its cars, but when Indonesian conglomerate MegaTech aggressively acquired the controlling interest in his company, they eventually fired him. After some legal wrangling, the two concepts ended in Wiegert's hands, with MegaTech forced to start over somewhat with the M12, launched in 1996 and powered by a Lamborghini Diablo V12 engine.
He went on to start a jet ski business and used the pair of Vectors as promotional tools, but recently offered them up for sale to raise funds for the New Vector Motors Corporation. The listing speculated that these working concepts could be worth up to $3.5 million. We’re unsure of the result of that sale, but considering that RM Sotheby’s now lists them just four months later with an estimate of $450,000 - $550,000 each, it seems they didn’t sell for their speculated millions.
Both the coupé and roadster are up for grabs again, each capable of cracking 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds via a mid-mounted 7.0-litre V8 engine. When new it was speculated that these cars could hit 248mph, although this hasn’t been verified.
For your chance to buy America’s fallen angel of a supercar, each being just one-of-one, your one and only chance could be on 17th January 2019 at RM Sotheby’s Arizona event.
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