There's been a bit of a surge of interest in Vector recently. This has no doubt been helped by Doug Demuro's fantastic videos on the Vector W8, as well as a very purple example going up for sale that's really captured the internet's imagination. What a lot of people may not know is that the W8 was not the only production car Vector made.
After the company was bought out by Indonesian company Megatech, who also owned Lamborghini at the time, the new Megatech-controlled Vector decided to create a new production supercar based on the Lamborghini Diablo. The result was the M12 and one of those super-rare M12s is going under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson's auction in Scottsdale, Arizona!
This black example with a red interior (one of only 17 production M12s ever made!) was built for Prince Jefri of Brunei, who specifically requested the striking colour scheme. Whilst Prince Jefri no longer owns the car, the current owner has had it for 16 years. It's a car that's been on display at several museums including the Petersen Automotive Museum. As expected for a car that's been on display in a museum, it's in incredible condition and the odometer only shows 2,160 miles on the clock!
Whilst it shares mechanical parts with the Diablo including its legendary V12 engine, the body and its associated design is 100% Vector. As expected for a Vector, it looks like a retro-futuristic jet fighter and something that could have come straight off the set of Blade Runner or Total Recall. It may have been produced in the 90s, but the styling very much comes out of the 80s aesthetic. That's something that's becoming very popular in recent years thanks to cultural movements like retrowave and vaporwave, as well as the reimaginings of 80s franchises like Transformers, Blade Runner and Top Gun.
So how much is this awesome piece of 90s exotica going for? Well, the auction has no reserve, but the current owner has received valuations for it that estimate it at being worth between $250k-$300k. So, if you want this car and the incredibly exclusivity and enthusiast cred that comes with it, you'll need to pay up quite a lot. It'll be well worth it though to have the rare distinction of being able to say you own a Vector and one with a Lamborghini engine at that!