It was recently announced the popular ‘Back to the Future’ car will go back into production.
It was recently announced the time machine/car featured in ‘Back to the Future’ will be back into production. The DeLorean will once again be manufactured after a 34 year long break. So before the car hit dealerships here are 10 facts you didn’t know about the DeLorean:
1. The DeLorean DMC-12 was the dream car of auto industry expert John Z. DeLorean. John Z. worked for numerous car brands such as Chrysler, Packard, Pontiac and Chevrolet. John Z. was also appointed as the head of Chevy in 1969 but left due to ethical and business disputes. John Z. released a personal biography named ‘DeLorean’ in 1985 documenting the creation of the car.
2. The very first prototype of the DeLorean was produced by William T. Collins. Collins was the chief engineer for the DeLorean Motor Company at the time in 1976. The famed car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro was then hired to work on the body of the car. Lastly the engineer, founder and owner of Lotus, Colin Chapman worked on the car. The final design called the DMC-12 was lastly created by 1976.
3. The DMC-12 was the only car ever created by the DeLorean Motor Company. Therefore the DMC-12 car is also simply known as the DeLorean. DMC was the official logo and stands for DeLorean Motor Company.
4. The DeLorean were sold in America but were primarily manufactured in Dunmurray, Northern Ireland. The DeLorean Motor Company factory was completed within 12 months a few miles from Belfast. The venture was mostly financed by the British government to bring peace to the area. At the time Belfast was the main point of the trouble between the Catholics and Protestants in 1981.
5. A total of only 92,000 DeLorean were ever created. Most of the cars were sold from 1981 to 1982 and production of the car stopped in 1983. During this time period the DeLorean became extremely popular in America. Reportedly thousands of orders for the DMC-12 had been issued on books which never delivered. At the time a single DeLorean was being sold for a whopping price of $25,000 in the US.
6. The DeLorean production stopped because the DeLorean Motor Company went into bankruptcy. The main reason for bankruptcy was shortage of cash flow. The situation was created due to many reasons. Belfast was point sectarian violence which reached the facility numerous times delaying production. At the same time exchange rate between the pound and the dollar also fell. Finally John Z. was arrested in a cocaine bust in 1982 pursuing illegal cash flow. Later John Z. was acquitted of all charges but the company was long gone.
7. The DeLorean featured the original version of the 2.85-litre V6 engine. The engine was developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo and therefore also called PVR.
8. The DeLorean DMC-12 was capable of achieving 0–60 miles per hour (0–97 km/h) in 8.8 seconds. The maximum output or top speed of the Delorean was found to be 130 mph.
9. Three special edition solid gold plated DeLorean cars were created and still exist. 100 were initially planned for the 1980 Christmas promotion for American Express gold card members. The gold plated cars were sold for $85,000.
10. Six DeLorean were used as the home made time machine in the three ‘Back to the Future’ films. The DeLorean was modified with extra parts attached to the back to turn it into a time machine. One of the DeLorean used for filming was especially built using fibreglass for flying scenes. Three of the cars used in production still exist today.
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