In the mid ‘70s, former GM executive John Z DeLorean started a car company. Like many an automotive dreamer before and since, he had delusions of grandeur which eventually fizzled into history. But for a three-year period in the big-haired ‘80s, he lived that dream. Now, here's a Nice Price or Crack Pipe '82 DMC-12 so you can too, although this one desperately needs Doc Brown's attention.
Approximately 9,200 DMC-12s were built between 1981 and 1983. With any luck, this one is the car that John Z was driving the night he negotiated a fresh infusion of venture capital, and you might be lucky enough to find a couple of kilos of blow squirreled away in the door panels. That at least would be a start toward the costs needed to get this 130hp PRV-engined coupe back on the road.
If not, well, the DeLorean has both history and a rust-proof body in its favor to ensure your long-term investment. Fully restored, this car may eventually bring as much as $50,000 - $70,000. However, should you do something today to change history - like buying a money-pit DeLorean - you might realize a totally different future.
But this isn't that bad, is it? Let's take a look- the seller touts a great clutch, transmission combo (huh?), Upgraded headlights (wow, Sylvanias!), and that the car includes an all updated sound system (minus head unit)- appearntly misunderstanding the concept of "system". So it's pretty obvious that the seller doesn't sell cars very often, and that could work in your favor when negotiating the price. At an asked $9,000, and after reviewing the pictures, there should be some negotiation room in that price. Remember how Doc Brown's DeLorean was covered in ice after a time-traveling jaunt? Well, this DMC-12 looks like it time-traveled through thirty five years of crap. The windshield also appears to have been damaged on Marty McFly's Oedipal adventure. That, and a number of other impairments, mean that this DeLorean is unlikely to make it to the dance in time to save your mom from the fleshy meathooks of Biff Tannen. And much like that character in Back to the Future II, it has not aged well.
So what will it be, a Nice Price DeLorean that changes everything in your future life for the better? Or is it a Crack Pipe price that will make you ask everyone passing your driveway- what are you looking at, butthead?
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