In honor of Back To the Future Day,we’re revisiting a post of the past.
The year was 1981 and John Z. DeLorean, “Father of the GTO,” having gone rogue after an heroic career at General Motors, finally launched his dream car that he modestly named after himself. Stainless steel body. Check. Gull wing doors. Check. Mid-engine. Check. What could possibly go wrong? As it happened, most everything. Turns out that DeLorean’s Tuckeresque quixotic windmill tilt-a-whirl was squeezed out for numerous financial, technical and, perhaps, pharmacological reasons, coupled with his own hubris and the inclination of the entrenched auto makers to make life as difficult as possible for upstarts.
We found a well-used example in a “Doctors Only” parking space the other day that is, apparently, a commuter car for a “hipocrat.” While the DMC12 was projected to retail for $12,000 it ended up costing more than twice that amount despite the fact that power was provided by a somewhat anemic PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6. The chassis, though, as engineered by Lotus, was on supercar par.
Despite that shortcoming in the propulsion department, an estimated 9,000 units were built at the factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. Actually, not too shabby in terms of failed indie car numbers — anybody remember the Vector W8? Cizeta-Moroder V16T? Bricklen SV-1? OK, they built a bunch of that latter gull-winger but not even a third of DeLorean’s output.
Click here to go back to Back To The Future as Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown character introduces Fox’s McFly to the perks of DeLorean ownership. Want your very own? There are quite a few to choose from right here in nearby Bradenton FL. Be sure to ask about the extended flux capacitor warranty.
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