VECTOR cars!

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  1. philt68

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    this is my new obsession...esp the vector w8, which seems to have been designed by the same chap who was the art director for TRON....anyone else share the madness? and anyone know of any for sale?
     
  2. Papa G

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    Not a W8, but an M12 coupe will be up for auction in Las Vegas thru Barrett-Jackson 9/22-24.
     
  3. WILLIAM H

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    #3 WILLIAM H, Aug 31, 2011
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    Most of the cars were of mediocre quality the last caraa after Weigert left were total crap I hear

    but this is still a mindnumbingly gorgeous design

    I want 1 so bad

    I think only 1 was built & Gerry W owns it
    Vector_wx3-r_roadster 1993.jpg
     
  4. nthfinity

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    I love Vector's took; and know of 3 owners in MI personally :)
     
  5. nthfinity

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    Pretty far from the truth, but heresay is pretty strong for the Vectors. Some of the owners of W8's praise their qualities, from the founder of Paul Mitchel, to Ron Tonkin. The engineers who created the car came from Group C, and Lockheed.
     
  6. Senna1994

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    William, Gerry W comes to C&C out here quite often, I am sure if you met him and made a reasonable offer he would probably sell it to you, assuming he owns it.

    Saying that, before the Indonesian's took over and the whole W12 fiasco, the W8 was a helluva car IMHO.
     
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  8. WILLIAM H

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    I met Gerry way back before the Indonesian debacle

    Saw him at Monterey a few years back driving the roadster. Dont know if he owns it but I would have kept it
     
  9. nthfinity

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    Periodically he lists the AWX-3's for sale to drum up interest, and would not sell them for anything short of astoundingly stupid money. They are worth a lot; but not as much as Jerry wants: enough to build the WX8.
     
  10. moneypit

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    #9 moneypit, Sep 5, 2011
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    Does anyone know of a contact email for Gerry W.? Or, of any forums he may post?


    Also, anyone know of any Vectors located within a 1-2 hour drive of Boston that are publicly shown?


    Thanks
     
  11. Nuvolari

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    Gerry W. shows up to C&C and Supercar Sunday often enough for it not to be news. Ask in the SoCal section and I am certain you will get some contact info.

    Having seen the cars in person they are far worse than I could have ever imagined. Build quality makes a vintage Ferrari look like a Mercedes.
     
  12. Senna1994

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    I think his E-Mail has something to do with Jet Bikes or something, if I can find anything, I will PM you with it.
     
  13. moneypit

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    Thanks for the leads on contact info. I'll follow up.
     
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  15. AxerJk

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    I definitely am one of those people who shares that interest! If there is any car that makes me fall backward when I see it, the Vector W8 is one of them.

    As far as the Avtech prototypes, I was really hoping to see them when I visited SoCal, but the Supercar Sunday event had some rain and scared some people away. I plan on visiting Cali again, and I really hope no one buys his Avtech's before I get to see them.

    What was wrong with the build quality prior to Megatech's takeover?

    Chris
     
  16. vectorfiles

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    #14 vectorfiles, Nov 17, 2011
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    Aventador meets Enzo and VECTOR!

    Last week I had a two hour ride in the new Aventador to meet the VECTOR W8.
    Accidentally a red Enzo was already awaiting us, too:

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  17. AxerJk

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    No way!!! That's an incredible sight!

    Is that Paul Mitchell's old car?

    That is absolutely amazing, Jurgen!

    Chris
     
  18. vectorfiles

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    #16 vectorfiles, Nov 17, 2011
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    You mean John Paul Dejoria, owner and cofounder of Paul Mitchell Co.?
    No, he still has his 1993 VECTOR W8, chassis 013:
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdrt79dy25U[/ame]
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUz6uD747vc[/ame]

    http://www.youtube.com/user/vectorfiles

    Note the different front end.

    The 1990 and 1991 VECTOR W8 models had the sharp nose while the 1992 and 1993 models had a big front spoiler and different air vents (front and side).
    Also the later models had a one step tail wing whereas the early cars had a two step wing which was more costly to manufacture.
    Other visible differences include the seats and the mirrors and last but not least the sunroof which could only be removed on the early models.

    My photos show the 1990 VECTOR W8, chassis 008 in Switzerland, still with its first owner.
    Only three or four W8s are still with their first owners.
    One car is still missing on my otherwise complete owners list: the red chassis 011 which was sold to the Emir of Qatar in 1993 or 1994 who then purportedly handed the car over to the Saudi Royal family as a gift to one of the King´s multiple sons.

    It´s the car that VECTOR Aeromotive Company used for their brochures:
    http://www.google.de/search?q=%22vector+W8%22&um=1&hl=de&client=opera&rls=de&channel=suggest&biw=990&bih=637&tbm=isch&source=lnt&tbs=ic:specific,isc:red&sa=X&ei=xcrFTozZMsb44QS4usi9DQ&ved=0CBUQpwU
     
  19. nthfinity

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    JP's car is still in California under the care of David.

    Great shots, Jurgen!!!
     
  20. anunakki

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    Vector is better looking than both ! Hell, Vector is better looking than the 458 and everything Ferrari is making .
     
  21. GuyIncognito

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    IMO the W8 out-Countached the Countach.

    brilliant design.

    too bad it never gained traction (ahem ;))
     
  22. AxerJk

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    I noticed that with the pictures you posted, something looked different about the front end. I've seen it that way before, but I really like the later models better with the front spoiler.

    Chris
     
  23. k wright

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    Also a fan of the original car. I still have the Car & Driver with it on the cover next to a Porsche "Pacer" (928).
     
  24. JeremyJon

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    #23 JeremyJon, Nov 18, 2011
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    agreed :)

    1978_Vector_W2Prototype3.jpg
     
  25. yb360

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    I bought the yellow M12 at BJ, so I guess I'm a fan.

    I'd love to buy a W8 at some point also.
     
  26. vectorfiles

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    Congratulations.
    It´s the 1996 Detroit show car, the world premiere for the M12.
     
  27. VF1Skullangel

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    Please post pics!!!!! More info!!!!

    I love the WX3!

    Anyone know the whereabouts of the new WX8?
     
  28. AxerJk

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    Oh I saw that episode, the same owner was selling a Ferrari F430 and the Mosler Raptor. How is the M12?

    Chris
     
  29. yb360

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    Really? I actually didn't know that. Do you happen to have any photos of it there? Do you know anything else about it?

    Thank you.
    John
     
  30. yb360

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    Unfortunately I haven't had much time behind the wheel yet. I travel a lot and most of the days that I have been home since buying it haven't had the best weather. I'm hoping for a sunny day soon. I drive all of my other modern cars in the rain, but for some reason I can't bring myself to do it with this one. At least not yet.
     
  31. yb360

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    #30 yb360, Nov 19, 2011
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    I've only taken these two photos of it since it arrived home.
    (no, the black one isn't mine; it was just visiting that day)
    Garage-1.jpg
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  32. vectorfiles

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    #31 vectorfiles, Nov 19, 2011
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    sure.
    I have a complete photofile of this car with dozens of photos starting from the production through previous ownerships.
     
  33. WILLIAM H

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    Nice Miura too
     
  34. rdefabri

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    Nice collection and color matching!
     
  35. vectorfiles

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    I know three W8s for sale.
    Contact me at vectorfiles at gmail dot com
     
  36. AxerJk

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    #35 AxerJk, Nov 19, 2011
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    Beautiful cars John! It's nice to see a Miura in the collection too! And honestly, I as far as not driving in the rain, I would probably do the same. When it's 1 of 14 (and 12 surviving), I would take good car of that. But please let us know how the driving experience is when you get the chance!


    These aren't very good pics, but I took them at the Detroit Auto Show back in the '90s. It was also there with the Stars and Stripes car.


    Chris
    M120001.jpg
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  37. brownsgolf

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    This is the picture the should use on an updated "Justification for higher education" poster. Great collection
     
  38. yb360

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    Thanks for the replies and all the comments guys, I appreciate it.

    Yes, I'm looking forward to having a chance to drive it a bit. I'm happy to post comments afterwards, but I can't promise how soon that might be.

    I love having the Miura. I wanted one since I was a kid and finally bought one 4-5 years ago.

    As much as I like yellow cars, I actually do have other colors also, even though it doesn't look like it from these photos. I recently purchased a warehouse to move my collection into because it's currently scattered in several places. I'm having some renovation work done in it right now; but when I get everything moved in, I'll post some photos. Probably won't be until spring realistically.

    Chris - thanks for the auto show pics. I appreciate it. So, should I be embarrassed that until last night; I didn't even know my car was shown there?

    Vectorfiles - thanks for the PM. I'll get back to you today.
     
  39. yb360

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    I have to admit that I loved that poster when I was a kid.

    I don't know that it applies to me though because I barely made it out of high school and never spent one day in college.
     
  40. AxerJk

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    John, you should be ashamed of yourself. How could you not know that your car was shown at the Detroit Auto Show? ;)

    Haha just kidding man. People will say that you must have a college degree or you won't amount to anything, but I think that's BS. Perhaps they should make posters like that that say, "College. Don't bother going."

    Chris
     
  41. vectorfiles

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    #40 vectorfiles, Nov 19, 2011
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    Yes, M12, chassis 001 and 002 side by side at the world premiere in Detroit, January 1996

    more photos:
    http://vectorfiles.fortunecity.com/-M12yllw.htm

    http://vectorfiles.fortunecity.com/-M12-001.htm
    http://vectorfiles.fortunecity.com/-M12-002.htm

    a brief video section with M12-002 at the 2011 Concorso:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-WX99exkpQ#t=10m45s
     
  42. AxerJk

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    Here's a video someone posted of a yellow one revving loudly.

    Chris


    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uZEf5iLNw[/ame]
     
  43. zxttfan

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    There was a yellow M12 in St. Louis a few years back at Erwin Schwartz's, a local sales/service of high end cars. Never got a vin, and it had no plate at the time. This might have been your car.
     
  44. vectorfiles

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    #43 vectorfiles, Nov 19, 2011
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    Yes, that was M12-002.
    There is only one other yellow M12, chassis 012 which always comes alongside the flag car, chassis 001.
    I know the previous owner.

    http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showpost.php?p=139829554&postcount=32
    http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291646&page=2
     
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    #44 vectorfiles, Nov 19, 2011
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    That´s M12-002 as well.

    Here´s another video of M12-002:
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz_VE3zHQHc[/ame]

    and yet another one:
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXRCt3ESePY[/ame]
     
  46. AxerJk

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    I really want to go to that place in Ohio and see the two M12s that are there, but I need to find something else to do on the way. It's hard to justify driving 3 hours or more just to stop at a dealership and see 2 cars. Plus, it would really be a bummer if they didn't allow photography.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Chris
     
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    #47 vectorfiles, Nov 20, 2011
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    give them a call and ask if they allow photo shooting:

    http://www.jeffsmotorcars.com/inventory.cfm?reset=true&vsearchmake=Vector&Showinventory=Used
     
  48. Huskerbill

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    My good friend just sold the only yellow W8 to a guy in Spain. Would have been a nice compliment to your car.

    Congrats on your purchase. I saw your car in person a year or so ago here in NorCal at the Los Gatos Lamborghini dealer. Looked very cool. I really think of you went with new wheels it would REALLY update the look of the car.
     
  49. nthfinity

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    Do you know what Tony finally sold it for? That car needed a lot of restoration...
     
  50. vectorfiles

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    Vector W8 Twin Turbo in Barcelona
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFEcqLaqhvo[/ame]

    http://www.autogespot.com/nl/viewimages.php?id=c899213112011014155


    BTW, I found him the buyer for his car.
    There are currently three W8s for sale.
     

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