It’s an excellent week for fans of obscure American supercars that never actually took off. One of the seven Falcon F7s built is currently being auctioned on cars & bidsand one of the 14 Vector M12s manufactured will cross the auction block during Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in March 2021. Better still, it is offered without reservation.
According to Craig Jackson boss Craig Jackson, this M12 in black with a beautiful red leather interior was designed and built for the Prince of Brunei. High-end cars that land in Brunei rarely leave the microstate. The Sultan’s collection reportedly includes more than 7,000 luxury vehicles that are almost never shown to the public, but this M12 somehow returned to the United States and found its way into it the Larry Winkler collection.
Although it has traveled around the world, this M12 has obviously been driven frugally. His odometer only shows 2,160 miles and they are said to be original. Barrett-Jackson too mention, that that it received a major engine breakdown service in November 2019 that involved replacing the clutch and installing an improved ceramic flywheel. Interestingly, the interior has also been redesigned to make it easier for taller drivers to get into the wheel.
Power comes from a 5.7 liter V12 engine borrowed from none other than the Lamborghini Diablo. It develops 492 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque and turns the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission built by ZF. Vector set the M12’s time from zero to 60 mph to 4.5 seconds, an impressive number in the 1990s. By comparison, the Diablo’s standard zero to 60 mph time was also four and a half seconds.
M12s rarely exchange hands, and they’re not cheered when they do. When this example crosses the auction block in March 2021, the market will decide what it’s worth as there is no reserve. The winning bidder takes it home regardless of where the bidding ends. If you’d like to try adding it to your collection, you can register to bid online.