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Back to the Future - This DeLorean Shows Just 981 Miles on the Odometer

Before the cult comic science fiction movie started screening in cinemas everywhere in 1985, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a relatively unknown automobile. Built in Dunmurry of Northern Ireland and in Houston, Texas, the iconic machine moved a mere 8,583 units between 1981 and 1983.
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Yes! The DeLorean DMC-12 was phased out two years before “Back to the Future” appeared, which is pretty sad. But the DeLorean’s demise came because of very bad management, a hideously unreliable French-Swedish 2.7-liter V6 engine and a similarly bad PRV-developed five-speed manual gearbox.

Both its dynamic capabilities and its firepower were extremely disappointing, but something else made the Irish-American contraption get its cult status among petrolheads. Apart from the theatrical gull-wing doors, the legendary machine was beautified by louvres on the engine cover and an unpainted steel body.
Naked stainless steel and a Giugiaro-designed body shell equals a match made in automotive heaven
Those two elements made the flawed DeLorean DMC-12 captivate the imagination of many, including those that watched Robert Zemeckis’ movie, not just us petrolheads. It’s redundant to explain why a 981-mile (1,578 km) DeLorean is such a hot buy nowadays.

Although it was painted red, the eBay find you can admire in the gallery below has been sold after 65 bids to a gentlemen for $48,100. It’s no wonder though as it’s been owned by one guy from 1981.

Without a single speck of rust and no issues except for an already fixed problem with the tie-roads, this red DeLorean DMC-12 is indeed a survivor car of perfection and a true barn find survivor.

 
 
 
 
 

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