These Guys Will Build Up To 500 New DeLoreans Because They Can

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The DeLoren DMC-12 has been dead since 1983, but that doesn’t mean John DeLorean’s dream is over. How could it be, when new cars are still available?

As you may know, the DeLorean Motor Company can be found in Texas today.

That’s down to Steve Wynne moving to the US in 1980 and fixing Peugeots before switching to DMC-12s and ultimately buying up all the remaining stock, drawings and pretty much everything that way left of the Dunmurry factory in 1997 to pursue his dream of keeping those crazy stainless steel cars alive.

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Apart from doing full restorations and upgrading old cars with more power and better brakes, Steve and James are also sitting on about a thousand DeLorean doors, which otherwise would be the hardest part to reproduce. With almost all of the rest of the car also on their shelves and using modern tools to complete what’s missing, the next step for the DeLorean Motor Company is to start making cars again.

Think of the last 32 years as one very, very long Irish tea break.

What when those bits run out and they can’t build more DMCs? DeLorean sedans for all!

Using Tesla’s drive system of course. It would work!

Photo credit: DeLorean Motor Company

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DISCUSSION

On one hand, the one that you used the rolled-up $100 to snort your cocaine with, this is pretty sweet.

On the other hand, why have they done nothing to innovate since buying up the parts and the brand and whatnot? I checked their website, and they have used models selling for $39k for a high mileage example and $55k for a low mileage one.

In the 30+ yrs since the car was launched, we’ve progressed so much that you can get a Golf R for $39k that will completely blow the doors off of the DeLorean in every measure, including reliability. Or you can get an Alfa 4c for $55k if you prefer something of the mid engine variety. I wouldn’t be surprised if a new F150 was faster on a track. The point is that the value proposition here is terrible, especially when you factor in the advances in modern electronics and safety.

A new-new DeLorean for $50k? Bring it on! A reboot of the brand and the company would definitely make waves. A new-old one? Meh.