Choices: Oddball ’90s Supercars

Welcome back to Choices. An evolution of a series I wrote years ago where seemingly similar cars are pit against one another in a battle for your affection. It’s like trying to choose your favourite child (although some days that’s easier than others). Your task, if you agree to accept it, is to determine which of the four cars below belongs in each category:

  • One would be your daily driver.
  • One would become a motorsport special (and maybe enlighten us as to what motorsport).
  • One would be locked away in storage for years to come.
  • One would be tossed aside like a New Year’s Eve Resolution. 

It’s as simple as that. Have fun with the quartet below.

The Contestants

  • Cizeta-Moroder V16T
  • De Tomaso Guarà  
  • Venturi 400 GT
  • Vector M12

The 1990s were a wild time for supercars. Technology was advancing at a rapid pace. Everyone and their little brother was attempting to build a supercar. A few succeeded, but many failed.

Gathered here are four of the more oddball, lesser known supercars of the 1990s. Starting alphabetically, we have the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. As the name suggests, this car came with a 16-cyndlier engine. Measuring 6.0-liters in size, it was essentially two Lamborghini V8s welded together. Fun fact, the T in the name did not stand for turbo but rather the position of the engine transversely mounted to the centered gearbox.

Next we have the De Tomaso Guarà. Best known as the producer of the Pantera, De Tomaso was still producing cars in the 1990s, like the mid-engine Guarà. Smaller and not as flamboyant as the other entries on this list, it was originally powered by a BMW V8 before switching to a supercharged Ford unit.

Representing America, the Vector M12 was really a secret Italian under the skin. Based on the Lamborghini Diablo, the M12 kept many of the Diablo’s mechanics including the V12 engine. The body was unique to Vector and looked even more wild than the already excessive Diablo.

Finally, we have the French Venturi 400 GT. Based on the Venturi Trophy race car, the 400 GT is a road going version of the race car complete with a bi-turbo V6 engine. For the road car, not much was changed from the racecar, making this one capable machine.

My Choices

Since the Venturi 400 GT basically is a racecar, I will make it my track-day weapon of choice. The prospect of maintenance on the Cizeta-Moroder V16T engine scares the bejesus out of me, so I will be putting this exclusive exotic into storage. I am also sure one day it will be worth a small fortune.

That leaves the De Tomas and Vector. Despite the nightmarish prospective of docking parking the over-sized Vector, it is my choice for the daily driver. It really all comes down to style. The M12 looks like noting else on the road and still is stunning after all these years. It would be a blast to cruise around in as well thanks to the Diablo mechanics.

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