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DeLorean Facts

This week’s Friday Facts follow the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 as it muscles its way through time and space!



Discovery ED.

on the 13 Oct, 2011

The Wheeler Dealers have gone stateside and are looking for a used DeLorean, so if you’re planning on nipping to the future to pick up a sports almanac, you may need these 10 DMC-12 facts, a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion to get you on your way.

Fact 1: Although an American car, the DeLorean DMC-12 was originally manufactured in just outside Belfast in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

Fact 2: DeLorean produced three 24-karat gold-plated DMC-12s with the intention of selling them to American Express gold-card holders. However, only two of them were actually sold.

Fact 3: The fuel shortages of the late 70’s and early 80’s made V8 engines seem an undesirable extravagance meaning the DeLorean opted for a V6 PRV engine. This reduced John DeLorean’s intended horsepower capacity from 200 down to 150. Even with the reduction, United States law required that catalytic convertors be installed in the DMC-12, reducing the horsepower output by 20.

Fact 4: Only 9000 DeLorean’s were made and there are an estimated 6500 still on the roads today.

Fact 5: A company in Humble, Texas, bought the rights to the DeLorean trademark and named themselves the DeLorean Motor Company. They have a huge repository of unused parts, fittings, chassis' and original technical drawings and are actually making brand new DeLorean’s with improved engine capacities.

Fact 6: Due to United States federal laws at the time, the DeLorean's 130 mph top speed was hidden by a speedometer that only measured up to 85. However, in back to the future, the digital dial can measure up to 88 mph. Marty and Doc Brown were not only breaking the laws of physics but by zooming to 88mph, but were breaking the United States national maximum speed law!

Fact 7: John DeLorean’s ill-fated company had planned to add extra products to its line. The DMC-80 was intended to be the mass transit system of the future and the “first of a new generation of buses.” The second product was the DMC-3700 Snow Plough, which actually went into production under the Logan Motor Company (LMC) which at the time was partly owned by John DeLorean.

Fact 8: The 12 in the DMC-12’s name was supposed to refer to the price, $12,000. However, when the car actually came out, inflation in the British pound caused the price to sky rocket to $25,000.

Fact 9: The DMC-12’s body was designed by Italian car legend, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and it has a striking resemblance to the 1970’s Porsche Tapiro, which is not surprising considering Giugiaro designed that too, gull wing doors, low profile and all.

Fact 10: The Stainless steel body was made from SS304 grade stainless steel which is commonly referred to as “dairy grade” due to the fact it is regularly used in dairy farming.

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