The $50,000 Red Delorean


Rich guys will pay anything to relive their childhoods.

The Delorean DMC-12 has a rich history, not because of its performance or a long production life, but because of its place in pop culture courtesy of Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

The DMC-12 is a sports car that was manufactured by the Delorean Motor Company for the American market in 1981 and 1982 in Northern Ireland. I think virtually everyone who’s even remotely into cars knows its story, but the DMC-12 is the only model Delorean ever produced. The DMC-12 featured gull-wing doors with a fiberglass underbody to which those famous brushed stainless steel panels were affixed.

Despite having just 130 hp in U.S. models, the Delorean today remains one of the most collectible models from the 1980s. One “barn find” model just sold for nearly $50,000. From the picture above, I’m sure you can guess what makes it even more rare than a typical Delorean.

That’s right: It’s red.

According to a now-ended eBay listing:

This vehicle has been parked in a barn with a car cover plus tarp over that, for 31 years. There are rumors that DuPont painted a few cars red in the first model year. I have not found any proof that this car is one of them. But this car has been red since it was bought new. Possibly the dealer painted it, since it was in the dealer’s hands for a year and 210 miles of its life. The previous owner told me he went to look at these new Deloreans with his young daughter in 1982. She apparently loved the car and the color. He bought the car and proceeded to drive it for approximately 770 miles. At this point he told me his knees hurt to much to get in and out of the car. So he put it in the barn next to his farm pumps and left it.


There it stayed until 2011, when the original owner dropped a few thousand bucks on repairing fuel lines, then put the car away again until 2014, when he sold it. The new owner fixed just about everything and listed it for sale again. The listing, as long as it’s up, is a fascinating read.

The car sold for $48,100, which is high considering the CarGurus listings have some Deloreans in the $30K range. But with just 980 original miles on the clock, it’s still probably a great investment for someone with extra cash and an unquenchable thirst for the 1980s.

How much would you pay to own an original Delorean DMC-12?


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1 Comment

  1. And I have one with 60k miles on it , it was my Mom’s that my Dad bought her in ‘86 used.

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