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Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean
Popular Mechanics ^ | Jan 18, 2019 | Matt Blitz

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 doesn’t happen with any other car.”

After our speed reverie, we pull back into DMC’s Texas headquarters, located in this Houston suburb. It’s a wet November day and DeLoreans line the parking lot. “It’s 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 Wynne’s 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; it’s 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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KEYWORDS: automotive; autos; backtothefuture; delorean; detroit; elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; gm; humble; michigan; movies; spacex; tesla; texas
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Will brand new DeLoreans emerge from Humble, TX, on the outskirts of Houston?
1 posted on 01/20/2019 7:09:01 PM PST by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

The real question to ask is: Will the new DeLoreans come with working Flux Capacitors?


2 posted on 01/20/2019 7:12:48 PM PST by Redcitizen (I don't always lurk, but when I do, Freerepublic.)
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To: Zhang Fei

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!


3 posted on 01/20/2019 7:14:19 PM PST by Lockbox
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““AN AMERICAN CAR FROM AN AMERICAN BRAND THAT CAN’T BE SOLD IN AMERICA…IT’S HORRIBLE.”

and this is a Brit, who resurrected the car at his own dime.


4 posted on 01/20/2019 7:17:08 PM PST by max americana (Happily Fired every stupid liberal at every election since 08' at work. I hope all liberals die.)
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To: Redcitizen

If it does, I’m going for the SPORTS ALMANAC and bet on at least 100 games on the first day I get back..


5 posted on 01/20/2019 7:18:17 PM PST by max americana (Happily Fired every stupid liberal at every election since 08' at work. I hope all liberals die.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Advice for the CEO Stephen Wynne: If anyone comes around offering you an unbelievable cocaine deal, run like hell!


6 posted on 01/20/2019 7:20:49 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Zhang Fei

Will the new Delorean be financed with coke money also?


7 posted on 01/20/2019 7:21:25 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: max americana

I’m going for Mega millions and Powerball myself with a Delorean. We’ll have to meet up and compare notes afterwards. :)


8 posted on 01/20/2019 7:23:42 PM PST by Redcitizen (I don't always lurk, but when I do, Freerepublic.)
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9 posted on 01/20/2019 7:25:53 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Redcitizen

LOL yup. Win it 10 times in a row and I’ll buy NBC and Disney then fire every lefty there.


10 posted on 01/20/2019 7:26:56 PM PST by max americana (Happily Fired every stupid liberal at every election since 08' at work. I hope all liberals die.)
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To: Lockbox

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.


11 posted on 01/20/2019 7:40:22 PM PST by wally_bert (We're low on dimes in fun city.)
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To: Lockbox; Zhang Fei
Brand new they were not that great, understeer, French V6 (gutless) and tough to work on.

A DeLorean with a 300 to 400 HP engine might be interesting.

But, you’re right, no Renault engine. Ford and GM make some fine 6 cylinder engines today.

12 posted on 01/20/2019 7:59:04 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit)
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To: max americana

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.


13 posted on 01/20/2019 8:00:35 PM PST by entropy12 (One million LEGAL immigrants/year is too many, without vetting for skills, Wealth or English skills.)
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To: Zhang Fei

The DeLorean was basically a stainless steel Vega.


14 posted on 01/20/2019 8:08:56 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats decide only elections they win are valid.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Who the heck wants to drive one of those hideous looking pieces of crap? That’s the real question.


15 posted on 01/20/2019 8:11:06 PM PST by Bullish (My tagline ran off with another man.)
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To: Redcitizen

I’d rather have a Mr fusion.


16 posted on 01/20/2019 8:11:38 PM PST by cableguymn (We need a redneck in the white house....)
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To: Bullish
Who the heck wants to drive one of those hideous looking pieces of crap? That’s the real question.

... the 5000 people on the waiting list.

17 posted on 01/20/2019 8:19:55 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The DeLorean was basically a stainless steel Vega.


A fiberglass Lotus with a thin stainless steel shell would be a much better description...:^)

18 posted on 01/20/2019 8:28:55 PM PST by az_gila
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To: Zhang Fei
Screw the DeLorean. If we are going retro, I want this back.


19 posted on 01/20/2019 8:29:07 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Lockbox; All

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.

Yours, TMN78247


20 posted on 01/20/2019 8:31:14 PM PST by TMN78247 ("VICTORY or DEATH", William Barrett Travis, LtCol, comdt., Fortress of the Alamo, Bejar, 1836)
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