August 21, 2007, - 9:37 am

Coolest Car News of the Day: Back to the Future – DeLorean is BACK!

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.

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The Dashing, Brilliant Late John DeLorean
& His Namesake Automotive Invention

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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11 Responses

How much for the flux capacitor option?

rbb on August 21, 2007 at 12:07 pm

I’d be interested in knowing what engine they will use in the new ones. The original was a Volvo engine, and it was the slowest “sports” car on the road.

spiffo on August 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Dammit rbb, you beat me to it. Volvo engines from the early 80’s were complete garbage just like Mopar engines. If they were smart they would stick a LS based Chevy engine in them.

RadicalRightWinger on August 21, 2007 at 12:42 pm

They actually do have the flux capacitor listed in their online catalog. Go to their main site delorean.com and type in “Flux” in the search.

D*Rek on August 21, 2007 at 2:17 pm

I will never forget a party at my neighbor’s when this guy walked in with a telegram saying that his DeLorean had arrived from overseas.
Some guy at the party destroyed him by telling him that there were hundreds sitting at the port for months. It was true, in a successful attempt to increase demand and sticker prices, dealers created an artificial scarcity, but those were the days when they typed up invoices in the back for those people who would say things like, “I am only going to pay five hundred over invoice” or something to that effect. Who was DeLorean’s atty for the drug charge, anyone remember?
I DID NOT MENTION THE FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES BECAUSE HE WAS ACQUITTED. BUT, FYI, MY ENGLISH TEACHER WAS ON THE JURY. LIKE MANY JURORS IN FAMOUS CASES, SHE VOTED TO ACQUIT, THEN CLAIMED HE WAS GUILTY AND WROTE AN ELITIST ARTICLE DISSING THE WORKING CLASS JURORS. I THOUGHT THAT STUNK. WHEN I READ ABOUT THE OTHER JURORS, THEY SOUNDED LIKE THEY HAD A NOSE FOR NONSENSE, SO I BELIEVE IN THEIR VERDICT, BASED ON WHAT I KNOW. AS FOR THE ATTORNEY, I CAN’T REMEMBER, BUT WHOEVER IT WAS, WAS DAMN GOOD.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

code7 on August 21, 2007 at 6:58 pm

LEXUS. Nuff said.

FingerEleven on August 22, 2007 at 12:44 am

He wasn’t acquitted. I win. You suck.

jsnyder82 on August 22, 2007 at 10:43 am

Debbie, you have good taste in cars, too. Yes, the DeLorean is old but great looking. Nice article in today’s paper about the DeLorean’s rebirth. The owner of the company said he’s worked on them for the better part of 25 years and knows all their good and bad points. He said that he has an extensive supply of parts to include 500 of the gull wing doors to draw from. He also said he knows what worked and what didn’t. If they’ve found a better part to use, they will use it; if they’ve found a better way to attach something or put something together, they will use it. And for the critics, there will be an upgrade engine option. Nice car. Should prove to be a better car with time-taught lessons from the original. I wish him and his company success.

Floyd R. Turbo on August 22, 2007 at 2:07 pm

The guy in Texas has been building those cars for years. He bought up all the factory parts after the bankruptcy and has plenty to spare because aluminum does not rust. I was looking at buying one about ten years ago, but it is incredibly uncomfortable to sit in so I passed. This explains why the car never sold – it was nice to look at, but not practicle, even for a sports car.

Boycott Watch on August 22, 2007 at 8:54 pm

No one every disputed that DeLorean wasn’t guilty of trying to move cocaine, that much the video proved. But was he entrapped?
That much the jury agreed upon. So Jsnyder82 you are wrong, you suck, he was found not guilty of all charges and thus the acquittal.
Howard Weitzman was his attorney and yes Debbie he was very good. Howard Weitzman had over two hundred jury trials, had a BS from USC, JD from USC and taught Law School there for 12 years, and he was the Executive VP for Operations at Universal Studios, the most hardcore marketing kickass company that ever set foot in LA.
One of the most interesting parts of this case was Larry Flynt’s involvement. The guy that shot Larry Flynt also shot a Jew and blew up a synagogue, sniper executed a couple of black kids, and shot Vernon Jordan.
Flynt had a tape of a government informant threatening DeLorean but refused to sell out the informant. He was arrested time and again but was caught in Alaska and returned to LA where he gave up and stated that the taped was a forgery rather than give up the source.

code7 on August 22, 2007 at 11:23 pm

It was fun looking back into that case, it would make a great movie again. Larry Flynt cussing and throwing a Soviet flag at a Magistrate Judge named Olga who ordered him returned to LA for contempt charges in the case is pretty funny. Except for the OJ trial, you couldn’t make up a circus like that. Marion Barry smoking crack on video and getting re-elected doesn’t even come close.

code7 on August 23, 2007 at 10:43 am

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