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  1. MJMANDALAY

    MJMANDALAY Registered User

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    New DeLorean company to revive car

    Continued success of restoring vehicles prompts push to build


    Automotive engineer John DeLorean created the DeLorean. He was arrested in 1982, the year before the DMC folded, and was accused of conspiring to sell cocaine to salvage his company.

    DeLorean President Stephen Wynne has purchased all remaining DeLorean parts, and plans to start making the cars in Houston.

    The DeLorean is back.

    Twenty-five years after the stainless steel carmaker went belly up, the vehicle that starred in all three "Back to the Future" movies will get a new lease on life, according to executives of the new DeLorean company, formed in 1995.

    James Espey, vice president of DeLorean Motor Co., said the company will begin building new DeLoreans next year. The cars will sell for $57,500 and retain the squared-off looks and gull-wing doors that made them unique.

    Instead of mass producing the cars, DeLorean will assemble them by hand in Humble, Texas. Espey said the company will build one or two cars a month.

    "Job 1 will begin in the third quarter of next year," said Espey of a possible start time.

    Standing with several DeLorean owners along Woodward Avenue during Saturday's Dream Cruise, Espey described the cottage business that emerged from the wreckage of the bankrupt original DeLorean company.

    "When DeLorean closed in 1982, there were thousands of parts left untouched," he said. "Everything was shipped to a warehouse in Texas. We took those parts and have been helping people restore and repair their DeLoreans for the past 12 years."

    Dave Swingle, president of the company's Midwest office, said his 4,000-square-foot shop in Chicago remains busy strictly with DeLorean work.

    "There's currently about a one-month wait at the shop to get work done on a car," Swingle said.

    Espey said the idea to build new cars came because of the continued success of restoring the vehicles, which have grown in popularity. Out of the 9,000 DeLoreans originally sold, about 6,500 remain on the road.

    Even as the supply of spare parts diminished, the demand remained, Espey said. So the company decided to start producing new parts, which led to the decision to combine the old parts with the new.

    Roughly 80 percent of the new cars will be made from parts produced in the early 1980s. However, the company will update the interior, provide stronger engines and address any shortcomings in the original vehicles.

    The cars will be sold at five U.S. locations and one in Europe.

    Kevin Smith, editorial director for the automotive Web site Edmunds.com, told the Associated Press he's interested to see if the effort fares better than the first attempt. He said quality control is often an issue with limited production, "but I'm always optimistic for people who want to make new and interesting cars."

    The newest version of the DeLorean will certainly be interesting and exclusive, Smith said, "and for some people with means, that's enough."

    Originally the creation of renowned automotive engineer John DeLorean, DMC folded in 1983. DeLorean was arrested the year before in a drug-trafficking sting. He was accused of conspiring to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to salvage his company.

    Although DeLorean used an entrapment defense to win acquittal, legal entanglements plagued him for years. He died in 2005 at age 80.
     
  2. Budyzir

    Budyzir There's nothing quite like a shorn scrotum.

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    I was stationed in San Diego during the early 80s and saw a couple of DeLoreans there, they have always been in my top 5 or so of favorite cars. They had a unique look to them.
     
  3. THE FEZ MAN

    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    i saw that on a car show years ago. the guy bought most of the spares and a good bit of the stamping dies and shit at auction, he's been restoring and selling "new" delorean for years, for ever how cool they were as cars they were kind of crappy. the fit and finish sucked, the electrical system was plagued with ground problems, and the motors were anemic to say the least, which was a shame, i loved the look of the cars, i worked on two in the early 90's, hint:never buy a painted delorean
     
  4. martianvirus

    martianvirus READY THE ANALPROBES!!!!!!!!

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    Fucking cars with wheels, how disgusting!
     
  5. MAV

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    any pics of this out yet?
     
  6. BCH

    BCH Doesn't need your acknowledgement on Twitter
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    Yeah, for about 46,000 you can have a basically brand new Delorean for years now. You can add options too like the luggage rack.
     
  7. weeniewawa

    weeniewawa it's a man, baby!!!

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    [​IMG]

    like the Who said "Meet the new boss Same as the old boss"

    It is supposed to be the same car with hopefully a better engine
     
  8. LAX

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    Any truth to the rumor with the price of gas these dayseach model will be shipped with a cuisinart?
     
  9. MrAbovePar

    MrAbovePar En Taro Anthony

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    They remind me a lot of the old Toyotas. Probably about equal in terms of ability.

    They are iconic though.

    Now if he teamed up with Tesla Motors to make an electric model then you'd have a nerd avalanche.
     
  10. WMB

    WMB Fagot

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    Silly goose! The Cuisinart "Mr. Fusion" only powers the time circuits!
     
  11. YaHearIHearMe

    YaHearIHearMe Yeah....Wait What?

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    Im waiting for one of these


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  12. Creampier

    Creampier I have to return some videotapes!

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    Plus your "one point twenty one" JIGGA watts to operate the flux capacitor.

    wokka wokka
     
  13. BCH

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    Jiggawatts was actually a mis-pronunciation of the basically unknown at the time prefix Giga meaning 9 zeroes.

    Also, 9 zeroes while typically considered a Billion in the US is actually often refered to as a "Short Billion" in much of europe. Strictly speaking, 12 zeroes would be a billion and 9 zeroes is One Thousand Million.... Kind of like One Hundred Thousand as opposed to One Million. You don't reach one million until One Thousand Thousands and you shouldn't reach a billion until One Million Millions.

    Actually, the Wiki article says either pronunciation is acceptable.

    So it was the fact that the back to the future movies were made before the adoption of this prefix by the average citizen and they chose the pronunciation which ended up being the much less popular one.
     
  14. Bud

    Bud Bud

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    OOOOOOOWWWWW. My head hurts now.


    Pretty cool. I always liked them. Probably stemming from my love for the Back to the Future trilogy. Either way you still probably will see them about as often as you see the originals. Once in a blue moon.

    Speaking of which. Has anyone actually ever seen a blue moon?
     
  15. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    I've actually ridden in an original. I was 11 at the time. COolest car I have ever been in
     
  16. KneeKnee

    KneeKnee Trophy Whore.

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    Forget Confucius, and fuck Voltaire, here comes Professor Burt Convey Hair.
     
  17. SwimConnerSwim

    SwimConnerSwim O&A Token Midget

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    And the flying circuits, they always have!!!

    If the car runs out of gas, does it come with railroad wheels for the push home?
     
  18. Bud

    Bud Bud

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    :clap::clap::clap::clap:
     
  19. Fruit Monkey

    Fruit Monkey Don't stare at it eat it! P-1 In trainning

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    Dude there is a huge resto place for deloreans down the block from my house sells em fixes them ETC
     
  20. Sidekick Dave

    Sidekick Dave Banned

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    I had a delorean once. The door accidentally hit me in the head and then I came here.
     
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    A guy down the street owns a Delorean. It's been up on blocks for as long as I can remember with both doors stuck in the open position. I shed a tear every time I go by that place.
     
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    I don't ever remember being told in school of a different system overseas..
    Interesting. Wikipedia has a decent explanation, if anyone other than me cares. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

    This sucks, I didn't come here to learn stuff.
     
  23. THE FEZ MAN

    THE FEZ MAN as a matter of fact i dont have 5$

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    nothing irritates me more as an auto restoration person than to see a classic car just rotting away for no reason.
     
  24. LBF

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    It drives me crazy as hell and I have no ability whatsoever when it comes to auto work. I can only imagine what it must do to you.

    Another asshat around here as an old 65 1/2 Mustang just sitting out back, dying a slow painful death. Not to mention the fucker with the whole herd of early 80's Chevy trucks (a personal favorite of mine).
     
  25. MJMANDALAY

    MJMANDALAY Registered User

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    Sometimes people just need to be punched right in thier fuckin throat
     

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