The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 is a sports car that was produced by DeLorean Motor Company, an American company. The car, which was manufactured at a factory in Belfast, Ireland, was targeted purely at the American market. Production was made from 1981 and ceased at the end of 1982 when the company collapsed. A total of 9,200 units were produced.
In 1995, Stephen Wynne, a British businessman based in Texas, started a new company using the “DeLorean Motor Company” name. He also bought the “DMC” logo trademark and the car’s unsold parts. The company produces the car’s parts on order.
The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 is a sturdy car with a brushed stainless steel body and gull-wing doors. Its chassis and underbelly structure are made of fiberglass.
The car uses a 2.85-litre Peugeot-Renault-Volvo engine, which is powerful enough to enable it achieve a speed of 0–97 km/h in only 8.8 seconds. All its wheels have power assisted disk brakes with 10-inch rotors at the front and 10.5-inch at the rear. Its four-wheel suspension includes telescopic shock absorbers and coil springs.
The car’s original price was $12,000 hence the name DMC-12. The price later shot up to as high as $25,000 for automatic transmission models.