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Saturday, May 23, 2015

This 24-Mile DeLorean Has Never Left Storage in its Life


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Getting hold of a DeLorean DMC-12 is a simple feat. The ill-fated stainless steel coupes are a frequent sight on web classifieds, though to the chagrin of collectors, many have troubling stories to tell and enough owners to list well beyond their years. This one however, doesn’t. 
That’s because this new-old stock DeLorean has never made it out of storage during its 34 year lifespan, showing just 24 original delivery miles on the odometer. Jaw dropped yet? You’re in luck. No need to go ‘back to the future’ to snag this one, it’s coming up for sale on June 6th at the Historics at Brooklands auction.


According to the auction house, this unregistered DMC-12 was the very last car to leave DeLorean’s Belfast factory in 1981 and was shipped directly to the Dayton Ford dealership in Dayton, New Jersey. As luck would have it, it never left, instead being put into dry storage for nearly two decades until 2000. At that point the car was purchased by its current owner, shipped to the UK, and promptly transferred back into dry storage.

Expectedly, everything on the car is as it would have been when it left the factory. Everything. The car still wears its original delivery and emission stickers on the front windshield, and even sports its original tires and battery. Fluid changes within the Renault 2.8-liter V6 remain the car’s only modification, if you can even count that as a modification.


A scant 9,000 DMC-12s left the Belfast factory gates before the company famously went belly up in 1982, and unless there are a few more dealerships clinging to unregistered DeLoreans… this very well may be the world’s most original example. Need it in your life? The auction estimates bidding to reach the £34,000 to £39,000 range ($53,000 to $60,000 at today’s rates).