I wanted to see if I could get all the way through a blog about the DeLorean without any mention of Back to the Future or time machines.
It turns out the infamous stainless car and the timeless motion picture go together like shoes and self-tying laces, so the reference might as well be made right up front.
You might wonder why we are bringing up a mediocre car that’s only famous because of the movie and was only produced in the early 1980s, before the automaker closed down the assembly line for good.
Well, it’s because DeLorean is back, and that long-dead assembly line will roll once again.
DeLorean Motor Company CEO Stephen Wynne recently told a Houston TV station that the iconic car will go back into production for the first time in more than 30 years.
Since 1987, the company has been refurbishing DeLoreans shipped from around the world. A refurbished original car from the company currently costs between $45,000 and $55,000, and the new ones should cost less than $100,000. The new DeLoreans will also be the first manufactured in the United States.
We don’t know what engine choices the new DeLoreans will have, but we can assume they’ll be engines sourced from either GM or Ford.
DeLorean will remain a low-volume automaker and create about 300 replica 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 vehicles. The company is able to produce them due to a new government bill that allows low-volume replica automakers to skip some regulations that the major automakers face. The DMC website says,
The vehicles must meet current Clean Air Act standards for the model year in which they are produced. The new law allows the low volume vehicle manufacturer to meet the standards by installing an engine and emissions equipment produced by another automaker (GM, Ford, etc.) for a similar EPA-certified vehicle configuration or a crate engine that has been granted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO). This reasonable regulatory reform will also spur innovation, including advances in alternative-fuel and green vehicle technologies.
It’s fantastic. It’s a game-changer for us. We’ve been wanting this to happen. It means we’re back as a car company again.
The design of the car won’t change much–if at all–but the modern powertrain systems should make the new DeLoreans a fun little toy for the boys and girls who just don’t want to turn their backs on the 1980s.
Would you buy a new DeLorean DMC-12?