Out of the 9,000 or so cars that made it off the production line, DeLorean enthusiasts estimate 7,000 are still on the road -- the others are piles of scrap or were used to salvage parts for other cars. Many DeLorean owners think of their car as a collectible more than as a vehicle. They might take it out for a special event or for a DeLorean owners' gathering, but most resist the urge to use it as their daily vehicle.
It can be a challenge to maintain a car when it's been more than 20 years since anyone made parts for it. Enter the new DeLorean Motor Company (DMC). Based out of Texas, the DMC specializes in repair and restoration projects with DeLoreans. They also sell pre-owned DeLoreans and recently entered into the world of DeLorean production from the ground up.
You can find DeLoreans sold by private owners for as little as $6,500, but if you want one that has been extensively restored it'll cost you significantly more than that. As of this writing, the DeLorean Motor Company prices its feature car at $45,000. Of course, it's a 26-year-old car with only 1,050 miles on it, so it's a rare find.
The restoration process is thorough and extensive. Each restoration job is priced according to the number of parts and hours of labor required to do the job. DMC has an enormous inventory of original DeLorean parts, parts made by the original suppliers still in business and new reproduction parts (new parts based off the design of original parts).
If you don't have a car to restore and you don't want to buy a used vehicle, you can now purchase your very own new DeLorean made from a combination of original and reproduced parts. The base price for a new DeLorean is $57,500. If you get one with the works -- maxing out your options and forgetting about the price tag -- it'll cost you nearly $72,500. But really, who can put a price on a dream?
The DeLorean Motor Company plans to start making between 20 and 30 new cars every year starting in 2008. Once the news reached the media, the press and the public flooded DMC with phone calls. As the story spread, more people called in to ask about new DeLoreans -- one DMC official says that if they were taking preorders the entire 2008 production would be sold already.
There's a small but strong DeLorean community in the United States. The DeLorean Motor Company hosts small gatherings for DeLorean owners, offering them the chance to talk about maintenance and discuss repairs and restoration techniques with experts. Despite the shortcomings of the car and the brief but chaotic life of the company that spawned it, it looks like the DeLorean is making a comeback.
To learn more about DeLoreans and related topics, check out the links below.
More Great Links
- "DeLorean DMC." HistoMobile. http://www.histomobile.com/histomob/internet/92/histo02.htm
- "DMC DeLorean Motor Company." http://www.home.no/delorean/dmcinc.htm
- Sterlicchi, John. "Back to the present for DeLorean." Guardian Unlimited. August 30, 2007. http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2159150,00.html
- The DeLorean Motor Company http://www.delorean.com/
- United States Patent Number 4,378,658. "Mounting for a vehicle door."
- "Universal Studios' 'Back to the Future' ride heads into the past." Associated Press. September 3, 2007.