Motoring

Great Scott! The return of the DeLorean DMC-12

Thanks to a change in the law regarding small scale car manufacturing, DeLorean specialist Stephen Wynne, trading under the original DeLorean Motor Company name, is now in a position to build the iconic cars again from his base in Texas.

This is the first time that the DeLorean DMC-12 will be made since production ceased in 1983 with the downfall of the company. 9,000 were originally made but only 6,500 are believed to remain today.

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Speaking to Sky News, Mr Wynne said, “We’ve been stopped from going into production until now because the US treats all manufacturers the same.”

A low production bill was passed last December which allowed production to restart.

“It basically means if you are a global manufacturer of cars and you produce less than 5,000 cars a year, you can produce 325 replicas that match an original car that was made 25 years ago or earlier which fits us perfectly.”

The Northern Irish icon was the brainchild of John DeLorean and intended for the American market. Financial issues hampered the project throughout its life span and a mix of company bankruptcy and an accusation of John DeLorean drug trafficking lead to the premature death of the car.

Prices for the new car are expected to be around $100,000 (approx. £69,500) but this will vary depending on the choice of engine.

Expect the first completed vehicle to be released from production in 2017. 

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