Mint condition 1981 DeLorean up for auction
It's not every day that you are granted the opportunity to purchase a DeLorean DMC-12, especially a low-milage example with only one owner. This 1981 model was purchased new from Valley Dodge in Van Nuys, California by the seller's father and has been maintained meticulously by the family ever since. After just two years of ownership, the vehicle was sent into deep storage for 30 years and only saw sunlight once 2013 dawned. As a result, many mechanical parts had to be replaced and reconditioned. Fear not, all of this is documented as is the original purchase paper work, window sticker and service records.
Which components have been replaced?
Frankly, a lot. After 2013 it had its tires, lift struts (door, trunk and engine cover), left window motor, clutch hydraulic cylinders, radiator, steering column bushing, throttle housing and brake pads replaced; meanwhile the clutch master and slave cylinders were later replaced in 2018. It does not end there, as the brake callipers have been rebuilt and the exhaust manifolds were reconditioned at different point. As a bonus, a stainless-steel coolant overflow tank and 140-amp alternator was installed to the vehicle.
The mechanical updates are more than welcome, however, there is one statement which may or may not concern you: "the door ajar indicator, left turn signal indicator, and radio display are inoperable, while the auto-reverse function on the cassette player functions intermittently". Sure it has a few minor faults but just look at the gleaming condition of the engine bay.
Is this particular example special?
Yes and no. DeLoreans with a VIN number before 3200 had a "gas flap" and locking fuel filler cap, allowing for the owner to refuel without having to lift open the trunk. This flap was later removed and a non-locking gas cap was introduced to save costs in later years, however, there were a handful of vehicles that had the rare combination of no flap but a locking fuel filler cap during this transitional period. This listing is VIN 3170, meaning it could be one of those vehicles but there is no provided information to confirm this. However, we do know that most "gas flap" DeLoreans had a black interior, making this one with a grey cabin relatively rare.
What are the listing details?
This DeLorean has only covered 12,625 miles and is powered by a 2.85L Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 that was originally rated at 130hp and 153lb-ft (207Nm) of torque. A 5-speed transaxle manual transmission was included for this rear-wheel-drive vehicle but it was not enough to save its performance. Needless to say, you are not buying this classic for its 10.5 second 0-60mph time. Instead you should only bid if you are able to maintain it as an investment for the future.
The vehicle is listed on BringaTrailer.com at a current bid of $23,000 USD, which is a steal of a deal at the moment. There are other DeLoreans listed for sale in the United States and you can view them by clicking here but do keep in mind that they may not feature the same specifications and level of treatment as this example. Do make a decision soon as there are less than 3 days before the auction ends.
Would you bid on this DeLorean?
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