The DeLorean DMC-12 (a brief history of…)


The inventor John DeLorean founded the original De Lorean Motor Company in 1975. Prior to getting the business up and running, DeLorean had many teething problems ranging from investment concerns to production plant locations. Eventually, Dunmurry, Northern Ireland was settled on, as DeLorean’s short lived production site, where the first DMC-12 was rolled out of the assembly line. In total, some 9,000 DMC-12’s were made between 1981-82 before production came to an abrupt halt. Tovehe company unfortunately went into liquidation due to a lack of demand, high overheads and a serious downturn in the US car market, a slump not seen since the 1930’s. 

The DMC-12 will always be remembered for its ‘gull-wing’ doors, unpainted stainless steel body and the rear mounted engine. It catapulted to fame in the “Back to the Future’ trilogy as the famous vehicle Doc. Emmett Brown made into a time machine. Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future’ probably best summed it up when he said to Doc Brown , “Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine…out of a De Lorean ?” Dr. Brown’s reply to Marty was, “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”

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  1. Wasn’t Geraldine Ferraro’s ex-husband somehow involved in the development of the DeLorean? Or I may just be confusing that with something else…I vaguely recall some sort of scandal in the mid-80s involving the DeLorean company.

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