1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis Number: SCEDT26T5BD001622
Engine Number: SCEDT26T5BD
Steering: Left Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 28 July 2015
Sold For: £25300
Lot No: 286
The DeLorean DMC – 12 was the only model produced by John DeLorean’s self-named motor company. DeLorean began his career with Chrysler in the 1950’s moving onto General Motors and then finally leaving in 1973 to realise his ambition of creating his own sports car, culminating in the DMC -12. The first prototype of the model was produced in 1976 and was entirely pitched at the American market. The futuristic machine was powered by a V6 2849cc engine that could achieve 160bhp and a top speed of 130mph, and the high specification exterior styling and luxurious interior detailing together produced a very desirable motor car indeed. With funding from the British Government, DeLorean opened his factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland, which went into operation on the 21st January 1981; interestingly, it was Britain’s first production car to use unleaded fuel. Less than 9000 vehicles were produced before the American market slumped forcing the company to flounder, and inevitable liquidation followed just a year later in 1982.
This statement motor car has had just one owner here in the UK, who imported the DeLorean himself from Jacksonville in 1991; the previous custodian, we understand, was a detective in Ohio. Used sparingly as a fun motor car, the high specification GT has clearly been maintained to a high standard and is described as very good with no known faults. The vendor instructed a specialist body-off rebuild in 2006 at a cost of some £7000; this included a thorough check for corrosion in the substructure, which was repaired appropriately. In 2013, a new brake master cylinder and servo unit were fitted, the exhaust manifolds were refaced, the clutch master and slave cylinders were replaced, and a new radiator and battery fitted, relieving the owner of a further £3267! The sympathetic work has retained all of the DeLorean’s original features (including the interior and carpets with their logos) and the supercar is being offered for the first time in the UK due to the vendor’s house move and general downsizing…..
The history file includes the V5C registration certificate, the workshop manual, shipping papers, the HM Cusoms and Excise document, the State of Ohio Certificate of Title, MOT test certificates and sundry invoices. The original tools and the space saver wheel are also supplied. Please note that IJI 81 is not included in the sale, but a replacement registration number will be organised prior to the sale.
An amazing opportunity to acquire a part of international motoring history.