Skip to comments.Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean
Posted on 01/20/2019 7:09:01 PM PST by Zhang Fei
The speedometer climbs as we race down a straightaway in Humble, Texas. As the needle edges to 60, 70, then 80 miles per hour, the 36-year-old automobile rattles and the wind whistles through the windows. Finally the DeLorean zooms up to 88 miles per hour and we feel, just for a moment, like we've gone back to the future.
Then, a series of loud honks from the other side of the road, followed by animated waving, awaken us out of our speed spell. We get that all the time," says DeLorean Motor Company CEO Stephen Wynne, sitting shotgun. That doesnt happen with any other car.
After our speed reverie, we pull back into DMCs Texas headquarters, located in this Houston suburb. Its a wet November day and DeLoreans line the parking lot. Its the only lot in the country where you see this many DeLoreans at any given time, Wynne says.
The open garage door reveals cars in different stages of repair, some exposing their rear engine and others with their gullwing doors open, steel birds ready to take flight. In all, three dozen DeLoreans are scattered in and out of Wynnes DMC headquarters, all in the midst of being repaired and restored to their former glory.
The DeLorean DMC-12 is more than a movie prop or simple automobile; its a long, strange legacy wrapped in stainless steel. That legacy, buoyed by the ongoing love for the Back to the Future films, keeps the car in the public imagination, and gave Wynne the ammunition to pursue a plan that's much more ambitious than simply getting a 36-year-old car back on the road. He wants to build a brand new DeLorean, one created in the present using the road map of the past.
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The real question to ask is: Will the new DeLoreans come with working Flux Capacitors?
Brand new they were not that great, understeer, French V6 (gutless) and tough to work on. Interesting concept and nice stainless body which some painted to have a diffent look. Not everyone wanted a stainless color car!
“AN AMERICAN CAR FROM AN AMERICAN BRAND THAT CANT BE SOLD IN AMERICA ITS HORRIBLE.
and this is a Brit, who resurrected the car at his own dime.
If it does, I’m going for the SPORTS ALMANAC and bet on at least 100 games on the first day I get back..
Advice for the CEO Stephen Wynne: If anyone comes around offering you an unbelievable cocaine deal, run like hell!
Will the new Delorean be financed with coke money also?
I’m going for Mega millions and Powerball myself with a Delorean. We’ll have to meet up and compare notes afterwards. :)
LOL yup. Win it 10 times in a row and I’ll buy NBC and Disney then fire every lefty there.
A few years ago, there was a DeLorean running around NE Columbia.
One day, I saw it sitting in a parking lot y itself. I stopped and talked to the owner. He bought it from a guy in the army. He said it was a lot of work to keep it going.
I looked inside. Too tight for me.
A DeLorean with a 300 to 400 HP engine might be interesting.
But, youre right, no Renault engine. Ford and GM make some fine 6 cylinder engines today.
Why buy a car which requires repairs so often? OK so if you own car repair facility, I can see spending a wad on a DeLorean.
The DeLorean was basically a stainless steel Vega.
Who the heck wants to drive one of those hideous looking pieces of crap? That’s the real question.
I’d rather have a Mr fusion.
... the 5000 people on the waiting list.
A fiberglass Lotus with a thin stainless steel shell would be a much better description...:^)
Personally, I’d prefer an updated Daytona-style AC COBRA coupe as originally envisioned by Carroll Shelby and/or one of the FEW SHELBY Greyhound roadsters that were ever built..
Btw, DeLoreans were said to NOT be too popular with State highway departments, as they tended “inhale all the lines on the highway.
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