The iconic DeLorean car from the Back to the Future franchise is all set for an unlikely comeback.
Originally made by the DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a notorious flop. However, its appearance as a jerry-rigged time machine in 1985’s Back to the Future (and its two sequels) assured the DeLorean a level of affection than it arguably didn’t deserve.
Now, mere months after Back to the Future Day, original maker Stephen Wynne and his DeLorean Motor Company (yes, it still exists) is planning to capitalise on that ongoing affection and recommence construction of the iconic car.
Recent changes to the laws governing small scale car manufacturers in the US have enabled the company to have a second crack at production. Only 9,000 DeLorean DMC-12 models were made between 1981 and 1983, and only 6,500 of those originals are believed to exists, so there’s clearly a market out there.
The new models could cost as much as $100,000, but that’s largely dependent on the type of engine that the company decides to use. The original model was infamous for its decidedly unsportscar-like engine, which carried the car from 0-60mph in a languid 8.8 seconds.
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There’s one thing that won’t change, however. “There’s no reason to change the appearance of the car,” Wynn told KPRC (via Sky News).
Wynn hopes to have the first new DeLoreans completed in early 2017, though the company warns on its website that “a number of hurdles exist before production can begin, and we’re still early on in this process of determining the feasibility of moving forward.”