40 years on.....still iconic.

As it nears the big 4-0 birthday, I reflect (as if I was there) on how an utter kip made something absolutely fantastic (well not fantastic....).

Today...... I, Professor Kaaron PHD in some teaching degree or something, will educate you on the story of a magnificent BEASSSSSST of a car. Do take notes because there will be an exam shortly afterwards.

Now, we begin our magical story in a place called......Belfast.

It was 1981, and picture the scene. Northern Ireland is at war with everything under the sun, the Republic of Ireland don't really know what's happening because everybody keeps dying, and Margaret Thatcher is just adding fuel to fire all the way from Westminster, in between firing half of her cabinet.

As a result of all the craziness of this horrible, horrible time. The place looks a little something like this:

Cyclists thinking they own the road as per. See: this picture.

Cyclists thinking they own the road as per. See: this picture.

Doesn't really look like the ideal place to be developing a future legend of a car now does it? Wrong. This is exactly what was happening. In Belfast, John DoLorean's american owned brand was preparing to release it's......what's the saying......'creme de la creme' supercar (which spoiler alert would end up being total and utter crap). While the reigns were being held back over in the United States by Johnny Carson (I think), he saw no real issue with producing the cars in an area of politically turbulent land which was practically at civil war. Morality check? Check.

Anyway what came from this year of terrible misfortunes......................was more misfortune. All seemed well when DeLorean released the DMC-12, a car which has all the presence of an elephant at a circus. If I were to stop talking in riddles that would mean it has a great sense of presence wherever it's put.

The car is very well received and I think it's safe to say, generally quite loved across the board of car enthusiasts. You must be thinking, 'god it must've been a real brilliant underdog story'. And it was, until people realised you can drive them.

Problem after problem became very apparent immediately after its release. Quality was appalling, there were constant mechanical issues, it was unsafe, it was slow and if you wanted a car that did more than ten miles than you would be forced to look elsewhere. So we should be clear that it's probably a safe bet to assume this car didn't take off because of how superb it was.

Credit where credit was due though, it did do over 150mph.

Many believe that the only reason this car ever 'took off', literally as you are about to see, was because of its debut movie appearance in Back To The Future.

Oh actually I should mention that this car was completely worthless before the movie, and in 1982 the Delorean company filed for bankrupcy. The movie (in 1985) however, turned any bad views against it to dust. The DMC-12 became an icon and today has stepped out of the limelight, making the odd appearance at local car shows probably. And we couldn't be happier for it.

This car's story is incredible because of the circumstances of its development I believe, and how its shoddy reality was covered by a heroic image, which ultimately would earn it its legendary status I truly believe it holds today.

And, what better timing to announce the news then right now, if you weren't already aware.

Sources suggest 2022 will be the year of a whole new DMC-12.......a revival could be on the cards!!! Naturally the internet went made with this thought, here's my personal favourite rendering of a possible modern 12.

Stark, revealing little but accurately depicting a 2020s DeLorean! Could be magnificent!

Stark, revealing little but accurately depicting a 2020s DeLorean! Could be magnificent!

I hope to see something exceptional down the line, but for now we pay tribute to the unlikely success story of a car that should've rotted in history, the 1981 DMC-12. Thank you for reading.

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Comments (40)

    • 10 days ago
  • Amazing. Still the only good use of British taxpayer money (other than the NHS).

    The problem with the DMC wasn’t the PRV (it was used in rallying), it was the extra stuff that had to be added due to US regulations.

    Furthermore, it was basically designed by Ital, on a platform from Lotus, with parts like the clutch from Jaguar, sold in America and built by the Irish and funded by all of Britain.

    So this was a British-American-Italian collaboration! 😂😂😂

      10 days ago
  • I remember learning more about the DMC in my criminal law class... 😬 Great article lmao

      10 days ago
  • The PRV engine/powertrain choice was one of automotive engineering’s greatest “What the fuck was he smoking?” mystery. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      10 days ago
  • "Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me, you built a time machine... Out of a Delorean?"

      10 days ago