Lot 270 - 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
|Odometer reading||9,889 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,000|
When John DeLorean stepped down from his position as the general manager of Chevrolet in 1973, it was widely reported that DeLorean 'had fired General Motors'. Always ambitious and willing to try new things, the talented salesman and engineer was planning to go his own way with a new sports car, one that would be more technically advanced and have superior safety features. He called it "the ethical sports car-for the bachelor who's made it". Built in Northern Ireland, under an agreement with the British Government, the DMC-12 was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign.
It featured distinctive gullwing doors and outer body panels of brushed stainless steel over a rear-engined, Renault-powered chassis and suspension that was largely based upon the Lotus Esprit. Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, was then brought in to resolve any engineering issues. The first 500 production DeLoreans were ready for shipment in April 1981 and, at first, the model was a huge success, mainly due to its founder's fame and innovative design. Unfortunately, the success cooled quickly and the DeLorean Motor Company filed for bankruptcy in late 1982. Some 9,200 DeLoreans had been built with approximately 6,500 still in existence worldwide today.
This wonderful example was imported from New York in 2016 with all taxes paid. Present with fabulous grey leather interior that is exemplary and unblemished as is the brushed steel bodywork. With only two owners from new, this DeLorean has covered a mere 9,889 miles from new , a point that is reflected in the car's condition. With its Gullwing doors open, it certainly looks as futuristic today as it did in 1981. Surely, without doubt, this must be one of the finest examples of this extraordinary car on the market today and would not look out of place in private collection or museum.
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