1991 Vector W8
The W8 delivered staggering numbers for the early 1990s, outperforming the fastest Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the era. In 1992 it was declared the fastest production car in the world by Road & Track, but its laurels were quickly stolen by the McLaren F1, which arrived for the 1993 model year.
Despite its short-lived success, the Vector W8 remains the first American-built supercar and already benefits from classic status, with some examples fetching enormous amounts of cash.
The vehicle’s front fascia is highlighted by the narrow nose fitted with a pair of large, retractable headlamps. Down below, the turn signals and the daytime running lamps occupy most of the bumper.
Around back, twin linear taillights cut through the rear fascia, while the bumper hosts an exhaust system that ends with a pair of rectangular pipes. The long and sharp wing perks up to interrupt the hood’s flat profile. If we wouldn’t know it, we’d say this car can fly!
Auction Sales History
1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo 1V9VW2626NW048003 – sold for $275,000
Formerly of the Bob Pond Collection. One of only 19 built. Believed to be one of three W8 Twin Turbos finished in red. Seen in the 1993 blockbuster film Rising Sun. Featured in Road & Track in March 1991.
According to the car’s data plate, the Vector W8 offered here was the third production model built and was the car photographed in the March 1991 Road & Track feature. It was originally constructed in 1991 and was delivered new to an executive at Toys “R” Us, who returned it to the factory after just a few months. At that time, it was converted by the factory to 1992 specifications and featured a new front splitter and different vents. It was also re-tagged by the factory as a 1992 model built in April of that year. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo 48007 – sold for €204,843 With extremely low mileage from new, this Midnight Blue/black example comes from the Hooper Corporate Collection and has been on display since new as on of the prized exhibits in the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany. It is in superb, virtually brand-new condition, just the way it left the factory – a wonderful example of the vehicle described by Motor Trend as “America’s Forgotten Supercar.” It is remarkably easy to drive and handles superbly well. It is very well equipped with multi-functional Recaro seats and a very advanced stereo system. From its radical semi-monocoque aluminium chassis to its sinister bodywork and cockpit reminiscent of contemporary fighter aircraft and bar graph instrumentation, the W8 will doubtless continue to provoke discussion wherever it is displayed. Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions