Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DeLorean DMC-12

The DeLorean is a sports car manufactured by DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis, along with external brushed stainless-steel body panels. About 9,000 DMC-12s were made before production stopped in early 1983. Production of the DMC-12 was scheduled to start in 1979 but engineering problems and budget overruns delayed production until early 1981. First examples had shoddy workmanship and were an expensive $25,000.

The car's top speed is 110 mph (177 km/h).
The engine was a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo 2.85L (2,849 cc) V6, rated at a paultry 130 hp @ 5500 rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission was also built by Renault. DeLorean claimed 0–60 mph(0–97 km/h) in 8.8 seconds, when equipped with a manual transmission. With an automatic, the DeLorean managed 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 10.5 seconds.
The car is most famous as the time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. Six DeLorean chassis were used during production.
A concours quality 1981 Delorean DMC-12 is currently trending around $ 78k according to Hagerty.