The Delorean DMC-12: Pop Icon
Some might say, “The what?” But they’ve seen it. 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.
But what is the Delorean DMC-12? Simply put…it’s a car. A sports car. One unlike the rest. With its doors that open like the wings of a bird and manufactured by the Delorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1982 -- mostly for production for drivers in the United States; although, it was manufactured in Northern Ireland.
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.
Called the DMC “12” because it was to retail for $12,000, however, after production costs rose, it eventually sped into the mid to high $20,000 dollar mark.
Although production of Deloreans 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 bought between $17,000 to $20,000. Mint-condition Deloreans can grab up to $30,000.
There are an estimated 6,000 surviving DMC-12s in 2006. Some companies are upgrading them with amenities and charging upwards of $40,000 for them. Not the same cars that John Delorean envisioned exactly when he designed them back in the ‘70s, but their legend lives on.
The Delorean DMC-12 was given to talk show hosts, movie stars and some of them invested in the company. The gull-wing doors, stainless steel body and rear-placed engine all made for a futuristic car that attracted people to it. It still does.
The Delorean DMC-12 shows up in film, video games, computer games, cartoons, and conventions -- it is a pop-culture icon that will live on long after the last one makes its last trip to the gas pump.