1981 Delorean DMC-12
Engine: 6 cylinder 2850cc Gearbox: Manual 5 Speed
It’s not often we have the opportunity to welcome a film star in our showroom!
The DeLorean DMC-12 is a vehicle which almost all will recognise but very few will actually know the story behind the cars existence.
Company founder John DeLorean enjoyed a distinguished career as a General Motors executive before leaving in 1973 to start his own organisation with the goal of selling a reliable and safe sportscar.
A deal was struck with the Northern Irish Development Agency who largely financed a new factory built in Dunmurry. Famed Italian designer Giorgetti Giugiaro was brought in to handle the body work while an engine was sourced- a 2850cc v6 PRV unit. Production was heavily delayed but finally commenced in 1980.
The vehicle was heavily anticipated prior to release and initial sales were strong. Poor reviews from the motoring press and America falling into a recession (A brand new DeLorean DMC screen price was the equivalent of $80,000 today) soon caused demand to drop off. John DeLorean’s arrest as part of a drugs sting operation was the final nail in the coffin for the company and by December 1982 production was halted.
It is believed that around 9,000 DMC-12’s were completed in total, all presented in the now iconic brushed metal finish, apart from 3 special edition gold cars.
It was his trial in 1984 that helped land his car the starring role in the Back to the Future films which cemented the DMC12 as a pop culture icon. During the reporting of the trial an image of the car was used and seen by director Bob Zemeckis and the rest is history.
The example we have here is a survivor with just over 20,000 miles on the clock. Originally sold to its first owner in California it was imported in 2019 by the current owner who has a collection of interesting vehicles. Since the car had been in dry storage, he set about recommissioning the car giving it a full service, new clutch and other mechanical work. The result is an excellent driving car ready to be enjoyed and taken to shows.
I’d be wary of driving it over 88 mph, who knows where you’ll end up!