1981

DeLorean DMC-12

Model Specifications

  • Engine: Douvrin V6
  • Body: Stainless steel
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 10.5 seconds
  • Known for distinctive gull wing doors
  • Manufactured in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, 1981
  • Pop culture: A similar model was used in all three Back to the Future films as a  time machine
  • Sticker price was $25,000 (around $60,000 today)

Description

“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”—Back to the Future, 1985

DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on October 24, 1975, by engineer John DeLorean. DeLorean left General Motors in 1973 to found his own company, where he built what was originally known as the DeLorean Safety Vehicle (DAV) but later became the DeLorean DMC 12. Only 8,987 cars were produced between 1981-1982, and approximately 6,500 were sold.

The DeLorean Motor Company plant, located in Northern Ireland, was in receivership by early 1982 and by the end of that year, the British government had closed the plant. In 1995, Stephen Wynne of Liverpool, England, started a separate company using the logo and remaining parts. The current DeLorean Motor Company is located in Houston, Texas, but not associated with the original company.

On loan from Travis Beggs