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1981 DeLorean DMC-12
The DeLorean DMC-12 was the only model every produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. This sports car was manufactured by John DeLorean from 1981 to 1982, and by the end of their production in December 1982, about 9,200 DMC-12s were produced. The first prototype appeared in October of 1976, and production official began in 1981 in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
DMC-12s were a new and exciting design in the automotive world. They featured several unusual and distinctive features such as gull-wing doors, un-painted stainless steel body panels, and a rear-mounted motor. With the exception of the three DeLoreans that were plated in 24-karat gold, all DMC-12s left the factory paneled in brushed SS304 stainless steel and left either uncovered by paint or clear-coated. Each of these stainless steel panels were fixed to an unique, fiberglass monocoque underbody. This underbody was affixed to a double-Y frame chassis, derived from the Lotus Esprit platform. Despite all of these distinctive aspects of the DMC, perhaps the most renown feature is the Delorean’s gull-wing doors. All DMC-12s were produced with cryogenically preset torsion bars and gas-charged struts in order to support these heavy and large doors.
Also featured in the DMC-12 were Peugeot Renault Volvo (PRV) 2.85 liter V6 engines, largely influenced by the Lotus Esprit, as well as four-wheel independent suspension, coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers. Steering was rack and pinion, allowing a tight turning radius, and was paired with power-assisted disc brakes on all wheels.
This 80’s classic was sold to its first owner in December of 1981 by John Hine Pontiac. It was purchased by its second, and current owner, in 1985. Since its purchase by senior plant engineer Marshall Zaun of DeLorean Motors, the car has been lovingly maintained, with minimal changes. The owners of the car stated that their goal while owning this DeLorean was to keep it in exceptional mechanical shape, while also maintaining the integrity and distinctiveness of the DMC-12.
Some of the meticulous care for this car included replacing the A/C fan, putting in new leather on the dash, and replacing the old tires. Besides these few changes and other basic maintenance procedures, the car is original throughout. The rims, upholstery, carpeting, headliner are all original 1981 DeLorean factory features. The car also features the original 6-cyliner, 174 cu. in engine and 5-speed transmission.
Overall, this example of the famed DeLorean DMC-12 is remarkable. The panel fit is tight. The stainless paneling is beautiful and the interior is in good shape, showing only slight aging and wear, typical of a car being used and driven over several decades. This DeLorean shows less than consistent use by its two previous owners, as it has very low original miles. It also exhibits the beauty of a vehicle that is driven and maintained as it was designed.
As only 6,500 DeLorean Motor cars are believed to still exist, this would be an magnificent car to add to any collection.
Mileage assumed to be actual.