Gerald Weigert’s Vector Chassis 17
The Vector W8 is a supercar which most younger generations haven’t heard of; however, it became famous amongst car fanatics during the ’80s and ’90s. Though it did not gain as much recognition as models like the Ferrari 328 GTS and Lamborghini Countach, the sleek style and double turbo-charged performance provided the W8 with a unique selling point.
Adding to its mysterious allure, it is an extraordinarily scarce vehicle. Manufactured for just 17 buyers, with two prototypes in existence. The W8, bearing chassis number 17, was assigned a particularly tumultuous history. It evaded being discovered for 25 years; however, recently a new video from CuratedTV outlined how the firm ultimately tracked it down.
As reported by the video, Gerald Weigert owned the W8 as proprietor of Vector Aeromotive Corporation. However, when Megatech took over Vector in the early 90s, Weigert’s refusal to yield authority resulted in the confiscation of some possessions, like his W8 being among them.
Megatech, the parent company of Lamborghini after procuring it from Chrysler, brought the repossessed W8 to the Lamborghini USA facility based in Jacksonville. Subsequently, this car found a place among the rest of the fleet and was later sent out to Europe, where ownership was given to Lamborghini USA. Afterwards, it descended to the care of an exclusive collector.
Weigert was embroiled in a prolonged conflict in court, claiming the Vector W8 at issue to be his own personal asset, distinct from that of Vector Aeromotive Corporation’s. Sadly, Weigert passed away in 2021 and did not live long enough to see the issue resolved, thus leaving the destiny of the W8 entwined in uncertainty.
Happily, the parties in the case accomplished an amicable settlement between the vehicle’s owner and Weigert’s relatives. As a form of resolution to the long-brewing contention, the Vector W8 was reinstated with its original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO), which served as proof that it was indeed owned by Weigert alone.
After a quarter of a century of ambiguity, the history of chassis number 17 Vector W8 has taken an unexpected turn. What lies in store is now the big query.