The De Lorean Motor Company only product the DMC-12 , short lived and incomplete,
still resonates to this day. The idea of a stainless steeled, gullwinged, rear-engined sports
car was compelling when first introduced in 1976. But what started as sexy idea run into
the harsh realities of poor build quality and even poorer performances.
A total of only 9000 cars were produced from 1981 to 1982 before John De Lorean was arrested
in a drug sting. Despite this and the car's anemic performance, the DMC-12 found everlasting fame
and cultural relevance in the 1985 film 'Back to the Future"
(The '12" in DMC-12 refers to the price of the car, $12,000, in 1981)
(The DMC-12 was designed by the Master)
(very comfortable interior which still look modern)
(a lump of an engine; a Peugeot V6 making 130hp in US trim with catalytic convertors)
Like the Phoenix, the DMC-12 has found new life with the new De Lorean Motor Company based in
Texas. About 20 cars will be produced annually and although based on the original unfinished
chassis the new DMC-12 will have modern conveniences such a SatNav etc. There is even talk of
an electric DMC being produced.