While it wasn’t created specifically for use as a time machine, the DeLorean DMC-12 these days is always associated with the film that made it famous – Back To The Future.
Of course, by the time that film was made, the DeLorean Motor Company had already gone bankrupt, and founder John DeLorean‘s reputation had already been tarnished after he was charged with cocaine trafficking (for which he was found not guilty in 1984). Its appearance in the movie solidified its place as an iconic piece of motoring history, and could be perhaps why there’s still an estimated 6,500 of the roughly 9,000 original cars built still on the road today.
Well that, and the fact that the DeLorean Motor Company has been resurrected.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) January 27, 2016
New DeLoreans haven’t been built in roughly 35 years, but that’s about to change, thanks to a recent US Federal law change.
You see, after the original DeLorean Motor Company folded in the 80’s, a British mechanic by the name of Stephen Wynne took over the DeLorean Motor Company name and shortly thereafter acquired the remaining parts inventory, and the stylized “DMC” logo trademark of the company. Though this incarnation of the DeLorean Motor Company has no ties to the original ownership, they’ve been supporting owners of the cars for years. Many owners would send their cars in for repair or to be refurbished. DMC Texas, as they’re now known, announced in 2007 that they would be returning into very limited production (about 20 cars a year), but were subsequently sued by John DeLorean’s widow for theft of his name and trademarks. DMC Texas settled this case out of court in September 2015, and in turn, received the rights to use the name, images and trademark in the future.
And that has cleared the way for the production of some brand new DMC-12‘s! There won’t be any real major changes to the classic 1982 model – They’ll be using leftover parts from the original production run (with the exception of a few systems – more on that below). Wynne estimates that he has the supplies to make about 300 new 1982 DMC-12’s.
Want to get your hands on one of these? It’ll cost you. Wynne hopes the price for a new model will be somewhere under $100,000, but that will ultimately depend on what modern engine he chooses to fit into the cars. If you want to buy a refurbished one, you can do that too, with prices ranging from about $45,000 to $55,000.
Not everything will be sourced from the old parts stockpile, however. Thankfully the new cars will be getting upgraded electronics (who wants to live THAT part of the 80’s again?!) and likely upgrades on all the things that you probably wouldn’t want to keep on a car from the 80’s. As for the engine? There’s no definite answer just yet, but the folks over at Jalopnik did a little footwork and found out that there’s three options being considered – two domestic and one import. They say it’ll likely be a V6 making between 300 and 400 horsepower – considerably more than the 130 the original engine made! You can find out more about the specifics on the engine on their article HERE.
There were also plans for DMC Texas to produce an electric version of the car. That’s still in the works, and it’s hard to say if that will actually happen. But Stanford University has already created MARTY, a self-driving, drifting electric DeLorean.
The Future looks awesome!