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DMC Delorean

may not have been the best car in history, but it sure was a good one. The company only lasted a few years but it will definately never be forgotten. I liked in the Back To The Future movies also. Well, heres the place to talk about the Delorean.


  • blarg1blarg1 Posts: 59
    did johnny z sell you some of that coke he used to finance his white elephant?

    the car was a rolling joke. the thing sold for 25000 in a day when corvettes sold for 15k. the engine was slow, and buried inside that body made it even slower. between that and the recession of the early 80's, demand was not especially high.

    the irish people were sold down the river, thinking that they would get thousands of new jobs, and the English parliament gave delorian hundreds of millions of pounds, and got nothing in return. Imagine being a bond holder today, still awaiting payment...

    i laugh when I see these cars. i am mildly amused that you think that these are good cars.
  • modvptnlmodvptnl Posts: 1,352
    ....the PVR (peugot(sp?) Volvo Renault) POS V6 they used in the Delorean. They were giving them away for like $1500 COMPLETE in the ads of R&T, C&D etc..DMC RIP!!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    The Delorean showed some promise on the design boards (after all, it had a lot of Lotus input), but by the time they actually built (well, threw together) the car, all that promise was gone. Very mediocre performance, quality problems all over the place, and about the dumbest idea since making cars out of wicker---making one out of stainless steel. The fact that no one has ever built one out of SS before or since should have been a hint.

    But you know, with the right engine, a paint job, and rigorous quality control, it would have been a decent but overpriced car. It probably would have failed no matter what.

    No one person has ever succeeded in putting his name on a regular production car that didn't meet with almost instant disaster ---not since Walter Chrysler did it in 1924. Those are pretty long odds!
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    "No one person has ever succeeded in putting his name on a regular production
    car that didn't meet with almost instant disaster ---not since Walter Chrysler did
    it in 1924."

    Since accusing you of being wrong is very risky, I'll ask for clarification. How do you reconcile Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche with this statement? Is it that you don't consider Lambo and Ferrari regular production cars and Porsche was already an established car maker when he created the Porsche line?
  • lokkilokki Posts: 1,200
    Walter Chrysler, 1924....

    Wasn't there some guy named Enzo something, some Italian guy who started building cars with his name on them in the late 40's? I know the company was finally sold to Fiat, but I thought he kept it running for quite a while before that....
  • lokkilokki Posts: 1,200
    and did a better job too. I didn't even think of Porsche...

    I think they'd qualify as regular production cars abeit expensive ones...
    certainly as much as a DeLoren would...
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Ah, darmn!....I meant AMERICAN and the American market! Sorry for the oversight and thank you for keeping my words tidy. Should have read:

    "No American entrepreneur has ever successfully..." etc etc.

    We could also say: "No entrepreneur has ever successfully marketed a mass-produced car under his own name since Walter Chrysler". I think that would also be a fair statement.

    My intention was, of course, to illuminate how difficult an undertaking this is in the modern world.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Where Marty is on the starting line waiting to take off and catch the lightning bolt, and the DeLorean dies? Well, that's typical DeLorian behavior ;-)
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    Too bad it started again when he banged his head on the steering wheel. If it hadn't, it would have been more accurate and we could have avoided all the sequels.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,593
    I've heard that it's bad to build a car out of it, but I don't know why? Stainless steel is good enough to keep my kitchen sink from rusting, and you can just take a Brill-o pad to it when it does get a stain ;-)

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    It looks awful in a hurry...try keeping your sink outside. And try taking a dent out of your sink and make it look good without paint and body filler.

    It just isn't a practical material for an auto body, or so it would appear.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Cledus T. Judd painted a DeLorean red for one of his music videos. Looked kinda cool. Although, I think the stainless steel would be better for the auto body than the 24K gold some of the DeLoreans had.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Yes, how tasteful! Actually, gold plating is not all that's a pretty thin coat!
  • dgraves1dgraves1 Posts: 414
    I think there were only two that were actually 24k gold plated. Most were just gold colored.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Shifty, you're the first person to call anything Cledus T. did tasteful. They guy makes his living to tasteless parodies of country songs. While the thin layer of gold may not be expensive, as far as gold goes, I never thought of it as a material that was durable enough to last as an automotive finish.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Yes, but think of how hard it is to get a wedding ring off in bars!
  • Yes,there two 24k gold-plated deloreans, one in a bank in Texas and the other here in Maryland, which was also the last delorean produced.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    in C&D or something that DeLorean is going to start making cars again including a SUV? Did anybody else see any type of article or was it just an O/D on sugar...LOL.

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,656
    Well, I hope they change the name!
  • My friend and I went down to the local DMC dealer to have a look. While we were there a guy came in with his son. He basically said "Is that what you want?" and we watched him write a check. That kid had a pretty good 16th birthday.
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