I was an automotive engineering student in the early 80’s and followed the careers of John DeLorean and Colin Chapman with great interest.
John Delorean had been the youngest ever vice-president of GM. Along with Colin Chapman, he managed to get millions out of the UK government to build a new, revolutionary sports car in Northern Ireland. Nobody smelled a rat.
On 19th October 1982, John DeLorean was arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute $24m of cocaine.
On 16th December 1982, Colin Chapman died of a heart attack aged 54.
It’s funny how your view of the world changes so quickly.
Nevertheless, DeLorean occupies an important place in automotive history.
In 1981, filmmakers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale wrote a script in which a teenager travelled back in time using a time machine built from a fridge. By 1984, with the film in production and John DeLorean still on trial for drug trafficking, the fridge had made way for something far more iconic. Thanks to its starring role in the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” the DeLorean is one of the most famous cars in the world.
The DMC-12, a sports car that was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, its stainless-steel body was unpainted; its doors opened up, not out.
This example was new in 1981 and imported from the USA in February 1990. It has had four UK owners and has covered 53,688 miles.
The current owner, a real DeLorean enthusiast, has owned the car since 30th June 2011. He has spent thousands on carefully restoring the car to original condition. The work has been done by renowned DeLorean specialist P J Grady, including a full body restoration. We have a full list of all the new parts fitted. The car comes complete with a spares package collected over several years.
Ready to use, enjoy, or to add to a collection. There is no better car to attend events. Even when sitting in a fuel station, or collecting the Sunday papers, everyone loves it.
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