The DeLorean DMC-12, the gull-winged Irish supercar made famous by the Back To The Future films, looks set to go back into production again for the first time in over 30 years.
The car – conceived by the charismatic but flawed John Z DeLorean – was originally made by the DeLorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland, with funding from the UK government. Around 9,000 examples of the brushed aluminium DMC-12 models were produced between 1981 and 1983, with about 6,500 still believed to exist.
In 1995 American Stephen Wynne began selling refurbished DeLoreans in Texas. Now his company, still using the name the DeLorean Motor Company, will be able to build new cars as well, following changes to the American ‘FAST Act’ laws governing small scale car manufacturing in the USA. Wynne says that it means DeLorean will be back as a car manufacturing company again.
The new DeLorean models are expected to cost around $100,000, but the final price will depend on what engine the designers choose. ‘There’s no reason to change the appearance of the car,’ says Wynne. ‘As we go into the programme, we’ll decide what areas need to be freshened up.’
Stephen Wynne hopes to have the first car completed in early 2017.