In 1971, Gerald Weigert was just a young man with a plan. Fresh out of college, he wanted to build fast cars and, after several years of trial and error, he built the W8, his first production-bound car. With avionic rivets and a massive 6-litre twin-turbocharged Ford-sourced V8 producing 625 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque mounted behind the cockpit, the W8 was a formidable performer. Weigert claimed his creation could surpass 220mph – astounding performance for 1989, when it went on sale. Weigert had clearly spared no expense making his dream come true, and it was reflected in the car’s $455,000 sticker price, which exceeded that of the Ferrari F40, a benchmarked supercar that has gone on to become catnip at collector-car auctions. Production of the W8 ended in 1993. Just 17 W8s found homes.
RM Auctions sold the pristine W8 pictured above in 2010 for £179,200 ($287,000).
In the dark recesses of the internet, however, stirs what may be the second coming of Vector Motors, promising cars with 2,000 horsepower. Some dreams, apparently, die hard. (RM Auctions)