Gerald Wiegert and the Vector
While visiting the 1971 Los Angeles Auto Expo, Gerald Wiegert -- designer of the Vector -- was disappointed with the vehicles on display. He and Los Angeles auto body man Lee Brown spent $50,000 and a year at Brown's Precision Auto Body Shop on Hollywood Boulevard to build a dramatically styled car to excite the general public.
When the car made its debut at the 1972 L.A. show, it supposedly featured a quad-cam Porsche engine and a tube space frame. To be dubbed the Vector, the production version, "with proper backing," was said to be powered by a 220-bhp rotary engine.
Wiegert planned for the car to weigh 2,200 pounds and sell for around $7500. He immediately formed Vehicle Design Force, located on West Washington Boulevard in Venice, California, to produce the Vector. During the next five years, Vehicle Design Force worked on various projects trying to raise money for the car.
Wiegert financed his dream by offering his design services to a number of firms. He helped design the Wetbike and Jet Ski watercraft, the "world's largest hot-air blimp," the Rocket Belt (a personal flying suit that appeared at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics), Edge Bicycle Fairing, and products for Airstream motorhomes, as well as being a consultant for the James Bond film Never Say Never Again.
Go on to the next page to learn about the early cars that Vector produced.