DeLorean Motor Company was founded in 1973 by John Z. DeLorean, a former GM engineer and executive who was best known as the father of the Pontiac GTO. Delorean had grown tired of the GM corporate environment and decided to build his own car: A high-tech, mid-engine sports car with a compact rotary power plant and revolutionary ERM composite chassis. Unfortunately, Mr. DeLorean hit some stumbling blocks along the way. ERM technology was deemed unsuitable for a car chassis only after he’d purchased the rights to the process. The Wankel rotary engine he chose had gone out of production. The car received several costly redesigns and was delayed by years. But DeLorean persevered and the DMC-12 finally debuted in 1981. By then, it sported a Lotus-designed backbone chassis, rear-mounted PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) V6, and a stainless steel clad Giugiaro-styled body with signature gullwing doors. Over a span of barely 3 years, just 8,583 cars left the North Ireland factory. Infamous scandals and labor problems killed the DeLorean, yet the DMC-12 became an icon, its squat and aggressive styling was immortalized as the time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy and there is quite simply, nothing else like it on the road today.
This 1983 example is from the final year of DMC-12 production. It has covered a scant 3,368 miles and is in truly remarkable condition. The stainless steel panels are unmarked and excellent, with no dings or scratches. All plastic and rubber trim is outstanding. This example is fitted with the rare, optional black leather interior that looks nearly new. Lifting the engine cover reveals an absolutely correct engine bay that reflects the extreme low mileage. The PRV V6 runs strong and while it may not be a fire-breather, it is certainly a reliable, tractable and fun car do drive, especially when paired with this car’s desirable 5-speed manual gearbox.
This is simply one of the most original and very best DeLoreans on the market today. DMC-12’s are finally enjoying rise in collectability thanks to their iconic styling, pop-culture status, and modern driving experience. For DeLorean aficionados or anyone looking to add this 80’s icon to their collection, this is surely one of finest available today.
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