Gerald Wiegert

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Born

Detroit, MI

Birth Name

Gerald Aldan Wiegert

Gender

Male

Biography:

Wiegert was born in Detroit Michigan, when he was young he liked cars and aerospace, he entered a design contest when he was in High School which he won. He used the winnings to pay for design courses in College.



In 1972 he began his car career when he teamed up with Lee Brown to build a car called "The Vector." The concept car was a mock up with no engine, and it had to be pushed onto it's display. Wiegert announced that the car would use a Porsche Engine and that it would be priced at $10,000.00. The car appeared in Motor Trend and a couple of other magazines, the car was never seen since.



When the car never saw production Lee Brown left Wiegert's design team.



In 1978 Wiegert created another car called the W2, again, it was immobile at the time of it's show debut. In 1979 the drivetrain was complete, and in it's life span, it racked up over 100,000 miles on it's odometer. The most of any concept car.



The W2 again, was well, loved by many magazines and Motor Trend and Top Gear extensively tested it. Top Gear was ordered to not perform a top speed test on it though, Vector claimed it was capable of 230 MPH.



During the 80's Wiegert got a lot of fan attention and attention from the media and Vector seemed poised to take over the supercar market.



Everything changed in the 1990's. The early 90's turned out to be a living hell for Wiegert.


In 1991, he started working on his next car, the W8, with a little extra cash Vector won when they sued Good Year for illegally using the Vector name on a type of tires, the car was basically the W2, but it was re-engineered and 2 prototype mules were made, and in late 91, the car began production.


In late 1991 a big blow hurt Vector's sales when famous tennis player Andre Agassi purchased a black W8. Since Vectors are hand built, it takes a while to build one, but impatient Agassi demanded that his W8 be delivered by in time for his birthday.


The unfinished W8 was towed it to Agassi's estate as promised. Agassi was told that he can display it, but he was not to drive it until the assembly was completed. According to one story, drove it hard around his yard, the car's engine and interior were damaged. Another story places Agassi on a high-speed run to Las Vegas on the I-15 when a mechanical failures left Agassi stranded.


He complained to Vector and Wiegert refunded his $455,000, wanting to avoid any bad kudos from the media.




Instead the tv and print media latched on to the stories of the Vectors that featured it's unreliability. Top Gear took pot shots at him when they did an article comparing Wiegert to Peter Pan and compared the Vector head quarters to Never-Never Land.



Agassi's W8 was repaired and finished and sold again. Gerald Wiegert went on to sell 21 W8's being built, suffering from negative press, it never reached the expected sales levels.



Wiegert designed the WX-3 as a successor to the W8 and incorporated many changes intended to address the shortcomings in the W8. 2 examples were built, a coupe and a roadster.



In 1993, when the WX-3 debuted, Mega Tech, an Indonesian company, attempted a hostile takeover of Vector. They tried to take control of the company away from Wiegert, but he refused. They fired Wiegert, and in response he locked down the building, changed the locks, and he laid off all of Vectors employees. He hired armed guards to keep everyone out of the building.



Somehow Mega Tech gained access to the building and they reopened Vector's doors, Mega Tech took over the company and 2 unsold W8's were destroyed. They ended the W8's production run and canceled the production of the WX-3.



The Indonesians used Vector's resources to create a car called the M12, which was basically a WX-3 with a new nose cone, wheels, and a Lamborghini engine losing the American formula.



According to one source the Indonesians dismantled the W2 and repainted the WX-3 coupe blue.



The M12 was made in 98 and it only sold 21 units. Mounting debt brought the end of production because Vector, under control of Mega Tech, couldn't pay Lamborghini for the engines. Mega Tech allegedly embezzled just about all of the company funds.



According to an unknown source, Lamborghini took a W8 for the payment for the engines, but since it was Wiegert's property, he took the case to court, and the judge ordered the car to be returned, yet Lamborghini has not returned any property.



One night, Wiegert went back to Vector Aeromotive and he took possession of the W8 PPs, the WX-3s, and the M12 molds.



The SR V8 was finished, and lots of people hated it, it was basically a M12 with a few scoops and a Corvette engine, it was a disgrace to the Vector name.



A little later, still under Mega Tech's control and after being trashed by the media, and Top Gear calling the M12 the worst car ever made, the company dissolved.



A few years later Wiegert sued Vector, still in the hands of Mega Tech in the State of California. The judge awarded Wiegert with control of his company. Wiegert resumed operations in the old building in Wilmington, California and revived the company.



He is now working on a new car, so just hope it all turns out for the best.