DeLorean DMC-12
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DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean DMC-12

Most people know the DeLorean DMC-12 as the vehicle that was used as a modded time machine the Back to the Future series of sci-fi movies. The vehicle however remains a part of automotive legend as one of those vehicles that have a short but very rich and colorful history behind their production and owners are often proud of owning such vehicles. The first ever DeLorean DMC-12 appeared in March 1976 as a prototype. Former chief engineer at Pontiac William T. Collins had been the chief engineer and designer for the model though the company’s owner John DeLorean roped in the services of the founder and owner of Lotus Colin Chapman to make suitable alterations to the prototype. Chapman brought his experience with Lotus to the table and the much-altered model was finally launched in October 1976. The company was able to launch approximately 9,000 DMC-12 models in both European and American specification though production had to be halted when the owner and founder of the company John DeLorean was arrested on a drug trafficking charge in late 1982. The arrest drove the DeLorean Motor Company into bankruptcy and the company had to be liquidated despite his acquittal later on.

Interior

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The DMC-12 was offered with the choice of a black or grey interior. Dealerships offered the model with an admirable choice of interior add ons including a ski-rack adapter and a luggage rack. Floor mats and car covers could be acquired in scotch-cal accent stripes in grey or textured accent stripes in black. Standard fittings in the cabin included an electric rear window defogger constant/ intermittent windshield wipers, body side moldings, tinted glass and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Other factory fitted equipment inside the DeLorean DMC-12 included power locks, power mirrors, power windows, an AM/FM radio and cassette player, air conditioning and leather trimmings that matched the leather seats.

Exterior

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Designed by Ital Design’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, the DeLorean DMC-12 came with stunning and surprising design details like unpainted, brushed SS304 stainless-steel body panels and gull-wing doors which were a first for wagon-like passenger cars. The makers of the DeLorean DMC-12 also ensured that all DMC-12s left the factory unpainted to allow customers to take care of scratches with a simply metal pad scrubbing. Severely damaged panels could be replaced as a whole. The Lotus Esprit platform was used to fashion the double-Y frame chassis to which the monocoque glass-reinforced plastic underbody of the DeLorean DMC-12 is affixed. The most unusual feature of the DeLorean DMC-12 has got to be the gullwing doors that look slightly out of place in the vehicle that looked more like the family station wagon than an exotic racecar. However, the doors allowed the vehicle to be parked in tight spaces since they took less space to open up than side-opening doors. To ensure that the short door panels allow the windows to fully retract, the doors in the DMC-12 came with small cutout windows in place of full-fledged windows.

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