The Delorean. Otherwise known as the Delorean DMC-12. Designed by the late John Delorean, the DMC-12 features quirky construction details, including its gull-wing doors, its unpainted stainless-steel body panels, and of course, a rear-mounted engine.
It’s popularity is unmatched by any other futuristic styled car, especially when it comes to Hollywood.
Featured predominantly in the Back to the Future Trilogy, the Delorean cars were meant to look like a space ship coming from the future.
But that’s not all when it comes to pop culture’s love for the Delorean car. It’s been featured on the likes of The Simpsons, the creepy film Donny Darko, in video games like Grand Turismo and of course it made its light-year jump in the Back To The Future Trilogy.
Looking at it today, it still does. With its doors that open to the sky (and pull straps to close it) and its stainless steel body, the Delorean cars look just as fresh today as they did back in the 1980s when they rolled off production lines.
Produced in Northern Ireland, but meant mainly for American drivers, there are approximately 6000 Delorean cars still on the road and in collections today.
Although production of Delorean cars has stopped, the demand for them has not. Prices for them vary and their price is demand dependent. In 2006, a Delorean in good to excellent condition could be snagged for between $17,000 to $20,000. Mint-condition Deloreans can grab up to $30,000. If a Delorean car enthusiast is looking for a machine with all the bells and whistles, it can be grabbed for about $40,000.
If you’re an owner of one of the Delorean cars then you are in luck. There are Delorean car shows, mailing lists and groups all over the country and the world. Luckily enough, there are still specialty dealers and mechanics that work specifically with Delorean cars.
The car of the future, produced in the past, lives on.