DeLorean Back in the Future
Published Date: 28th Jan 2016
The unmistakable DeLorean DMC 12 made famous by the 1980’s Back to the Future films, looks odds on to make a comeback in America.
DeLorean Motor Company, the now Texan owned company that bought all of the tooling and parts from the original manufacturer had previously tried to build the DMC 12 in 2008 but got tied into legal trademark issues. Now they are ok to use the name and trademarks after settlements were made, they have plans to revive the classic vehicle under new US laws that will allow for low volume sales up to a maximum 325 units per year of historic car replicas.
The facebook post from the group expects production in 2017
“In anticipation of the Low Volume Manufacturing Act and the news about DeLorean Motor Company has been working for some time to identify a supplier for engines and other parts that must be reproduced to allow production for 2017.
“A number of hurdles exist before production can begin, and we’re still early on in this process of determining the feasibility of moving forward. Further updates will be posted here. Thank you!” reads the post.
They’re aiming for around $100,000 per unit for the re-born DMC 12 which is set to include many of the modern features you see on cars today including Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and heated seats. It will still have the iconic gull wing doors and also receive a boost to previous performance with the possibility of a powerful V6 engine, still to be decided on with Ford or GM being lined up.
The original first appeared as a prototype in 1976 before being built in 1981 through to early 1983 before the company went into liquidation. Approximately 9,000 of the DMC 12’s were built during production at the Dunmurry Factory near Belfast, Northern Ireland.