1981-1982 DeLorean DMC-12
When flamboyant John Z. DeLorean left General Motors in 1973, he did so intending to start a company to build an "ethical" sports car. He wound up with a movie prop and a world of financial trouble. The car was famous for its stainless-steel body and gull-wing doors -- hinged at the top rather than the sides, resembling a gull in flight when open.
Moviegoers remember it from Back to the Future. But poor quality control and tepid performance from its Renault-supplied V6 engine quickly tarnished its sexy image.
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