Supercar Sunday: Tracing the Roots of the DeLorean DMC-12 Sports Car

By Jacob Brown | March 09, 2014
No doubt you've heard of the DeLorean DMC-12. It has carved out its place in history for so many reasons, the "Back to the Future" movie series probably being among its most prominent appearances. But how much do you actually know about it? Much like Fisker and so many brands that have come before it, DeLorean was the singular vision of John DeLorean, a former General Motors executive who wanted to defy the bounds of planned obsolescence. In the mid-1970s, he formed his company. A few years later, Northern Ireland won a contract to produce the car, which shared some componentry with the Lotus Elise and its engine with Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo. But as Abscam brought down politicians, the U.S. government went after John DeLorean on suspicions that he financed a $24 million cocaine deal. This was a scandal that would bring down an American business icon. And so his car went with him. In the aftermath, a Texas-based company has begun restoring and building new Delorean vehicles, using millions of warehoused parts. Even cars like the never-made turbocharged version with 200 horsepower have seen the light thanks to the new company. There's a storied history behind the stainless-steel DeLorean. For more of it, check out the video from Motor Trend below. Source: Motor Trend via YouTube