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DeLorean DMC-12 Didn’t Quite Have “Luck of the Irish”

The DeLorean DMC is a collectible icon


St. Patrick’s Day is coming, and it’s time to start thinking about all things Irish. While Ireland is not typically known for its automobiles, it did serve as the manufacturing location for what later became an iconic movie car—Back to the Future’s time machine—the DeLorean.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was solely produced from 1981-1982, and only 6,500 are thought to remain out of the original 9,000 cars. Other than its movie fame, the DeLorean is noted for its wing-style doors and stainless steel body as well as rear-mounted engine. It is this stainless steel body that poses a challenge to classic auto restorers as body repairs cannot simply be filled or painted. The body panels must be replaced with new stainless steel panels, which are still available.

The DeLorean Motor Company liquidated in late 1982. Theories for the DeLorean’s demise abound, including conspiracy plots by the big three US automakers, an overall car-buying slump and recession, unfavorable currency exchange rates, production costs, and the arrest of founder John DeLorean for drug-smuggling (of which he was later acquitted citing entrapment). Whatever the cause for the company’s bankruptcy, the DeLorean DMC-12 will always be remembered and collected for its movie persona and unique features.

Cars such as the DeLorean DMC-12 make great showpieces at classic auto shows and car club events. If you have a prized collector car, make sure that you have Classic Auto Insurance to protect your investment. We offer complete protection, affordable coverage, and customized policies to fit your needs and your budget.



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is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

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