DeLorean DMC-12

“Wait a minute…Wait a minute, Doc…Are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?”

Yes, Marty, because, as the Doc says, “If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style!”

In 1981 the DeLorean Motor Company introduced a new car. It was the only model DMC would ever make, but man…was it awesome.

The DMC-12 came in one color (silver), one style (2-door coupe), and had one kind of doors (the oh-so-amazing gull-wing). It cost in the neighborhood of $25,000, and it had a radio antenna that didn’t really work, but it went from 0-60 in just over 8 seconds.

It was a snazzy looking car, sure, but not enough of them were sold for DMC to break even, so within a year the company declared bankruptcy. (Of course, the fact that founder John DeLorean was busted -though later acquitted- in an FBI undercover drug trafficking sting didn’t help). And just like that… POOF! that was the end of the DMC-12.

Until…

On Fourth of July weekend 1985 a new movie called Back to the Future hit theaters. In case you haven’t seen it (or were dropped on your head as a child), it featured a time machine built into a DeLorean DMC-12. And just like that… POOF! the car was on everyone’s wish list. Too bad they stopped rolling off the assembly line three years earlier.

These days the DMC-12 is as synonymous with the 80s as Madonna, shoulder pads, and Teddy Ruxpin. And the cars themselves have started making a comeback too.

They’re set you back about 100-grand, but that seems like a small price to pay for an iconic piece of our favorite decade. Flux Capacitor not included.

We ♥ the DeLorean DMC-12.

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~ by weheart80s on May 23, 2017.

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