The DeLorean DMC-12 Is Still 'Back To The Future' Sports Car

Jan 20, 2017 09:07 PM EST | Hem Cervantes

The DeLorean Motor Company was the maker of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. They manufactured it for the American market from 1981 to 1983 in Northern Ireland. It is most commonly known as the DeLorean because it was the only model that the company has produced.

March of 1977 was the first appearance of DeLorean DMC-12 prototype and in 1981 production officially began at the DMC factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. Throughout its production, they changed a few aspects of the car, including the style, wheels, interior and hood. They have made about nine thousand DMC-12s before its production has stopped in late 1982.

The DeLorean Motor Company went to bankrupt in late 1982 followed by the arrest of John Delorean in October of that year on drug trafficking charges. Although he was later found not guilty, but it was already too late for the DMC-12. They have produced a total of 9,000 DMC-12s between January 1981 and December 1982. The Consolidated International purchased all the cars and it will be appearing as 1983 models.

The DMC-12 features a number of unusual construction details, such as gull-wing doors, unpainted stainless steel body panels, and a mid-mounted engine. The underbody and suspension were derived largely from the Lotus Esprit platform. It comes with a four-wheel independent suspension, telescopic shock absorbers, and coil springs. The front suspension uses a double wishbone while the rear was a multi-link set-up.

It also comes with a cast alloy wheels which measure 14 inches in diameter by 6 inches wide on the front and 15 inches in diameter by 8 inches wide on the rear. They use Goodyear NCT steel-belted radial tires that come along with a power-assisted disc brake on all wheels and measures 10 inches rotors front and 10.5 inches rear.

Despite a short period of production and the passage of several decades, they are not forgotten. After all, their popularity continued due to the "Back to the Future" films or simply because of the uniqueness of the car. The DeLorean Motor Company seems to hold a permanent place in pop-culture and hoping to restart production of the classic DMC-12. 


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