DMC Delorean: The Rise & Fall of an Iconic Vehicle

DMC Delorean: The Rise & Fall of an Iconic Vehicle

silver DMC12 parked diagonally on a white background
DeLorean1981 – 19822.85L PRV ZMJ-159V6 (Rear-engine)130 HP / 132 PS / 97 kW5-Speed Manual
3-Speed Automatic
Approx. performance specs for the DeLorean model

The stainless steel exterior, distinctive gull-wing doors, and aspirations of speed and performance, the DMC DeLorean held the promise of revolutionizing the industry and emerged as a tantalizing embodiment of the future. Its meteoric rise to silver screen stardom, thanks to its iconic role in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, transformed it into a cultural legend. However, beneath the glitz and glamour lay a story of challenges and contradictions. In its sole year of business, the DeLorean Motor Company managed to only produce around 9,000 units of this enigmatic sports car, perhaps a foreshadowing sign of the troubles that car would run into. Even though there was staggering issues with the development and ultimate sale of the car, the DMC Delorean will forever define its place in automotive history.

DMC badge on a black grill
DMC—Delorean Motor Company. You wouldn’t be wrong if you considered the
Delorean a mascot of the 80s.
Source: Bring-A-Trailer

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  1. I owned a 1981 Delorean for many years at the early height of its popularity. Enjoyed it’s popularity and notority but ultimately sold it due to it’s frequent mechanical problems and breakdowns on the road. Did have my share of fun with it while I owned it nevertheless. Even went to the auction at the Orange County plant and purchased all of the last “fix-it notes” from the special problem garage where the cars from the dealerships came in to be repaired. Even git a set of tiny authentic “hub caps” as a small memory if the car as well as a complete garage manual from the shop there.

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