August 21, 2007, - 9:37 am
By Debbie Schlussel
He may be gone–suave auto world genius John DeLorean died in 2005–but his namesake is back.
My favorite car ever, the silver stainless steel DeLorean with its gull-winged doors, is making a comeback (details here and here). You remember it as the time-transporting car from the hit movie, “Back to the Future.” DeLorean Motor Company went out of business 25 years, but it has been reborn.
A new DeLorean will set you back $57,500 (today’s real dollar equal to the original $25,000 price tag) and will retain the original John DeLorean design. And they will be American made–hand-assembled in Humble, Texas at one or two DeLoreans per month, and mostly made from original DeLorean parts from the ’80s. That will begin in the third quarter of next year. There will be five U.S. dealerships and one in Europe.
In middle school, one of my schoolmate’s parents drove a DeLorean, and it was very cool. Hard to fit the car in a two-car garage next to another car and still to be able to open the doors, though. About 6,500 DeLoreans from the original 9,000 are still in existence.
If I could afford to drive any car, DeLorean would be it.
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