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Saturday, January 30, 2016

DeLorean’s Back: Now, How Do You Style Your DMC-12?


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Earlier this week, it was reported that one of the most recognizable movie cars of all time is becoming a reality for interested buyers. DeLorean Motor Company of Texas is bringing the DMC-12 back from the dead with never-used original parts.
It’s all thanks to the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act” which allows older “replica cars” to be built in smaller volumes and not held to the same standards as a brand new car from a major automaker. Delorean Motor Cars has long provided original replacement parts for owners of original DeLoreans, and even had the capabilities to reproduce parts. But now the company can build complete cars, using its current inventory.


Mercifully, it won’t have the anemic 2.8-liter V6 built by a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo consortium, which made only 130 horsepower. Sources have spoken with Jalopnik, and without confirming  the engine source, suggested it could be a naturally aspirated V6 with 300-400 horsepower. Price is expected to be in the neighborhood of $100,000.
But the real pressing question here is: how would you do it up?

Sure, you could go with the original look, and that might be the one that we would go with. But the elephant in the room is obviously the selection of Back to the Future looks.


When you think about it, BTTF, brings you actually a handful of design choices. The obvious is the original setup, with the iconic steam vents, and yards of wires. At the same time, one of the most recognizable is the variation from Back to the Future II, with the big white “Mr. Fusion” right in the middle of the rear engine area.

It’s ok if you can’t pull off the tilting wheels and flying car functionality.


But perhaps the unsung hero of the bunch is the modified version from Back to the Future III. It features funky 1950’s hubcaps, beefed up suspension to handle the Wild West’s lack of roads, and improvised circuit board using ’50s-era components.


It might be the least-seen interpretation of the DeLorean but it has a charm all its own, calling to mind the epic conclusion of the BTTF franchise!