Take a Renault V-6 engine, stick it in a fiberglass underbody designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro with a steel backbone chassis designed by Colin Chapman (founder of Lotus Cars), cover the exterior with stainless steel reminiscent of a Frank Gehry museum (Think Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain), stick some gull-wing doors on it, and what do you get? A car unique enough to be one of the biggest movie stars of all time.
That’s right, it’s the DeLorean DMC-12, star of the Back to the Future movies.
I always thought that this car was very cool. It doesn’t matter that it was in the movies, it was cool to me years before it made it’s big-screen debut. Being from the northeastern US, I appreciated the idea that you could put stainless steel on the exterior of a car and it wouldn’t rust. It COULDN’T rust! To me, that was a fantastic idea, considering how much rust my cars turned into.
Never mind that stainless gets all fingerprinty like my current refrigerator, and that it gets all kinds of weird and streaky like my barbecue grill, and scratches pretty easily. Or that practically nobody fabricates in stainless for automobiles, and it’s a difficult material to work with, so you’re probably going to live with dings and dents unless you replace an entire panel.
But, if you are careful with it, it will always look pretty much the same as the day you bought it. And this is why more than 35 years after they made their last car, DeLorean’s still look pretty much the same as the day they rolled off the assembly line in the car capital of the world…uh, well…Northern Ireland.
Only produced between the years of 1981 and 1983, DeLorean Motor Cars is said to have produced somewhere around 8,500 cars. This 1981 model is one of them. It is said to have 29,725 miles on it, and has a 5 speed manual transmission. Apparently there is a hand full of new parts, and the bumpers have been repainted to factory specification. The stainless is said to be in good condition, with no scratches or dents. It’s an old-ish car so there’s a details things that could be updated but the big things like AC, clutch and brakes are in working order. The wings…er…doors sound like they require some new struts but hey that’s not bad.
All this and more for the asking price of $27,995. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, considering that new “replicas” i.e. new cars built from original stock are running about $100k and they look basically the same. Besides, wouldn’t you want a back to the past back to the future car?
Check out it’s listing HERE.