There are some serious supercar credentials going on here. Mid-engined, twin-turbo, V8, and claimed to be capable of 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 248mph. But what is it? It’s basically the successor to the 1989 Vector W8, America’s first true supercar. It’s one of just two WX3s built by Vector before a hostile takeover by the then-owners of Lamborghini killed it dead. Shame, because it’s a pretty cool thing. It’s not a car that’s been seen a lot—and the reason you see it here is because it’s coming up for sale with RM Sotheby’s at its Arizona sale on January 17.
Vector was formed by Art Center College of Design graduate Gerald “Jerry” Wiegert, who started a design firm called Vehicle Design Force with the intention of building an all-American supercar. The first was the twin-turbo V8 Vector W2, which impressed showgoers and press with its high-tech design and finally, after a decade of fundraising, developed into the Vector W8, using technology cribbed from the aerospace industry. More than 20 were sold, at a price of more than $450,000 each. And then Wiegert turned his attentions to the W8’s successor, the Avtech WX-3.
Like the W8, it featured an aluminum honeycomb structure floorpan and carbon fiber and Kevlar bodywork. The prototype–this car–was shown in silver at the 1992 Geneva motor show, then further developed for the following year’s show with a variable boost twin-turbo Rodeck 7.0-liter, 1000bhp V8 and a repaint in Brilliant Aquamarine. It was joined on the 1993 Geneva stand by the open-top purple WX-3R (for Roadster). Wiegert chose the colours because they matched the logo of his Aquajet jet-ski firm. He claimed that there were plans for more engine options, to take power to 1200bhp. That’s Veyron territory!