Happy 40th Birthday to the DeLorean DMC-12

Has it really been 40 years already?

5w ago

That's right, you read the title correctly. The DeLorean DMC-12 came out exactly 40 years ago today (January 21st 2021).

Best known for its role in the Back to the Future film trilogy, the DM-12 was and still is iconic among car enthusiasts and non-car enthusiasts for that matter.

Only around 10,000 examples of the Giugiaro-designed car were ever built throughout its short two-year production between 1981-82. What made it so distinctive was its gullwing doors and unpainted stainless-steel body.

However, it unfortunately didn't end very well. All the cars were built in Northern Ireland with the help of UK taxpayers’ money. Production was halted in late December 1982 shortly after the DeLorean Motor Company filed for bankruptcy and that was the end of that. If it wasn't for movies, the DeLorean would probably be a long-forgotten car.

There are talks of another DeLorean being born from the ashes of the old one, but that rumour has gone rather quiet over the last few months. So, who knows what's going on with that, but what we do know is that the Tesla Cybertruck will be along shortly which will also have an unpainted stainless-steel body. That's something to look forward to...if you're into that sort of thing.

Happy Birthday Delorean DMC-12!

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Comments (13)

  • Wow, 40 years. I love this car and principally due to the cult following created by the ‘Back To The Future’ films.

    Reality is that it was apparently a bit crap to drive and severely underpowered and my biggest problem with the car in the picture is that it’s missing the flux capacitor, fusion generator and all the time travel bits!

    Happy 40th birthday though. 🤣

      1 month ago
  • I’m 40 and the Delorean has aged much better than me!

      1 month ago
  • happy birthday delorean! also...did you know it was originally going to be a rotary engine instead of the crappy v6?

      1 month ago
  • It should go back to the future

      1 month ago
  • I’ve always found it overrated. Yes from a design standpoint it was a miracle and the use of stainless steel, whilst heavy, was a genius move. But the company was a mess and the engines they used were asthmatic lumps hardly worthy of the design. An example of form over function in my humble opinion.

      1 month ago