On 21st January 1981, the first DMC-12 rolled off the production line in Dunmurry, a suburb of southwest Belfast, Northern Ireland. About 9,000 DMC-12s were made before production was halted in early 1983 as the company was making no money.
Back to the Future was released in 1985 and helped to turn the Delorean into a motoring icon, with a little help from Dr. Emmett Brown of course. Doc had modified a DeLorean into a time machine that used plutonium to power it (as well as its standard Peugeot-Renault-Volvo (PRV) 2.85 litre V6). The DMC-12 is said to have been chosen because its design made the gag about the family of farmers mistaking it for a flying saucer believable.
The car was named the DMC-12 because of its intended original price of $12,000. In 1981, a DMC-12 had a suggested retail price of $25,000. Today they are highly collectable and are worth around $50,000.
But what makes a Delorean the perfect time machine I hear you ask? Its stainless steel construction means that flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the vehicle and its passengers with a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement - obviously!