Admit that it is impossible not to fall in love with this American supercar, if only for its tumultuous history, its Lamborghini V12 and its deliciously kitsch style.

What do the American brand Vector and Lamborghini have in common? Their style of supercar specific to these two sports car manufacturers, aiming for absolute supremacy against Ferrari or Porsche in the 80s? Yes, but not that: Vector and Lamborghini both belonged to the same industrial group between 1994 and 1995, Megatech.

This strange Indonesian company with activities tinged with mystery, which sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen group in 1998 for 110 million dollars, wanted to save as much as possible on the development of the Vector models. This is how the Vector M12, the W8 replacement with wacky pretensions and Countach-inspired styling, got a Lamborghini Diablo V12 under the hood instead of the unreliable supercharged V8 of previous prototypes.

14 copies

Before Vector’s (new) bankruptcy, the small manufacturer will have had time to build fourteen copies of this M12 with a plump style and a less rigorous chassis than that of its Italian cousin. One of these fourteen copies can be found for sale at Barrett-Jackson, which will offer it for auction in a few days in Scottsdale, Arizona (United States). Having belonged to the Sultan of Brunei, it could exceed 200,000 dollars. Which, for a bad sports car, is still pretty high. But not if we take the M12 for a superb symbol of the crazy speculation of the early 90s in the field of supercars.