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Lot 607
1982 DeLorean DMC-12


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• Believed to have just 2,891 actual miles
• Optional automatic transmission and gray leather interior
• A highly original example owned by one family since 1983
• Just out of long-term storage
• Still wearing the original October 1981 date-coded Goodyear tires

2,850 cc six-cylinder engine, 130 HP, automatic transmission, four-wheel power disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension; wheelbase: 95”

Conceived by John Z. DeLorean, engineered in part by Lotus, and styled by Giorgio Giugiaro, the rear-engine, two-passenger DeLorean DMC-12 made its debut in 1981. The car quickly piqued the interest of governments hither and yon, who were eager to attract the new car manufacturer and its jobs. The British government ultimately lured the DeLorean Motor Company to Northern Ireland, and a manufacturing facility was established in suburban Belfast. The public eagerly awaited the vehicle’s 1981 launch, as the car had a rear-mounted engine set-up, gullwing doors, an angular form, and a novel stainless-steel finish to accompany its who’s-who pedigree. The car came fully loaded, with the only choice for the buyer being the color of the leather seats, gray or black, and the type of transmission, automatic or a five-speed manual. The execution of the idea missed the mark, however. Many factors suppressed sales, but the company went bankrupt in 1982, and DeLorean became involved in a cocaine bust. His arraignment effectively destroyed any hope of reviving the company and the DMC-12. Total production was around 8,975 units.

The stainless-steel body on this car is amazing - it will never rust, and small scratches can simply be removed with a non-metallic scouring pad. The panels are affixed to a fiberglass underbody, and the steel chassis is coated with epoxy. The gullwing doors on this example fit beautifully and were originally supported by cryogenically preset torsion bars and nitrogen-charged struts developed by Grumman Aerospace. This 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 still retains its now obsolete Goodyear NCT HR60 tires with October 1981 date codes and still rides on the original factory wheels. The 174 cubic inch V-6 engine is mated to the optional automatic transmission.

The interior is finished in gray and features bucket seats, power windows, and air-conditioning. The car retains its factory DMC radio with cassette player and the front trunk has ample storage and houses the spare tire. The current owners bought this DeLorean in Sarasota, Florida on July 26, 1983 and barely drove it. It was placed in storage with a few other classics and was reintroduced to daylight in June of 2022. The new owner should note that while this car runs and drives, some freshening can be expected.

Six DeLoreans were used in the ‘Back To The Future’ movies, one of which sold for $541,000 in 2011. This one, not a movie star, with what is believed to have only 2,891 miles, will certainly be one of the lowest mileage DeLoreans sold in recent history. It is a fantastic example of the world-famous 1980s sports car, best known for its role in the iconic aforementioned sci-fi blockbuster 'Back to the Future,’ but widely appreciated for its innovative design and unique styling. This time capsule DeLorean will make a fantastic addition to any interesting collection and will always be an excellent companion for exhibtion.

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