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The Story of the DeLorean DMC-12

The story behind the DeLorean is pretty amazing. It’s full of new ideas, excitement, drug money, arrests and more. You might think it’s a pitch just to get you watch the video, but it’s really true!

John DeLorean rocked the automotive community with the DMC-12. Drawing on his time as an engineer at GM, he was able to let go of constraints and allow his creative ambition to flow. When the DMC-12 was released, the press went wild. People all over the world were enamored with this car.

His timing, however, was unfortunate. As he released this one-of-a-kind car, the economy took a squat and people weren’t really in a position to buy. He searched for funding and got wrapped up an entrapment scheme. He wound up being arrested and missed his opportunity to sign with a new investment partner. The company collapsed.

That’s not the end of the story, though. A new company has bought the old factory, complete with all the parts necessary to build the DMC-12 again. They also have all of the engineering drawing and manufacturing specs, so they can also have new parts created for these cars as they have a need.

What do you think?

I, for one, am so glad this stainless steel beauty isn’t dead and gone forever. I’m adding this one to my dream garage list. Would you grab for your garage? How has this car impacted you as an automotive enthusiast?

About the Author

Jon Daiello is husband, father, and an automotive nut. He loves the rumble of a motor, the intricacies of tuning, and the symphony of notes sung by a well matched exhaust. Motoring Brigade is his outlet for all things automotive.

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