1.21 Jiggawatts - guess what car I saw today!

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  1. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    I think I've only ever seen one of these in a museum once when I was about 10, but there it was nestled in a little driveway in Chelsea, London - a DeLorean! Mardee!
     

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  2. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Looks pretty retro now. Futuristic in 1985, but retro now.

    /I just said retro twice. :D
    //ahah! 3 times.
    ///bla!
     
  3. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah but there's no Mr Fusion or Flux Capacitor, flying modification or Uranium processor on this one so it's bound to look a bit lacking...

    Was in pretty good condition though and I didn't realise they sat so damn low.
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    Well I'll be damned! That's awesome! I don't believe I've ever seen one in person before - I'm sure I'd be underwhelmed after "growing up" with BTTF movies, but still...
     
  5. clayj macrumors 604

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    Argh... it's "gigawatts", not "jiggawatts". (Which, I swear to you, sounds like some sort of racist word.)
     
  6. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Ahhh the Delorean. What a fantastic car. You should have waited about and asked the owner what ££ he was looking for it.

    Retro :cool:
     
  7. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Oops. I was spelling it phonetically I guess but wouldn't have thought it be Gigawatts.

    Any chance a MOD change the title accordingly?
     
  8. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

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    I know somebody who has one, won't let me drive it either. Fairly lackluster performance and the stainless needs a good polish
     
  9. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just had a quick look. There's a members club and everything in the UK. Mint ones go for about £12k.

    Owners Club
     
  10. cheekyspanky macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like it needs a good polishing!

    I watched a documentary about the car - didn't sound all that hot in both performance and reliability!
     
  11. AlBDamned thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have to say there was a twang of 'hmmm that would make an interesting project...' but I don't have two cents to rub together at the mo so it was a thought that was quickly dismissed.

    Aside from it indeed needing a damn good clean (^^^^^^^), it looked in pretty good condition.
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i've never had the pleasure of seeing one in person myself, but its looks like it could be a fun car, for amusement's sake.
     
  13. AppleAce macrumors regular

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    My Dad has one pretty much exactly like that. Looks to be an '83 with black interior. It is a pretty fun car to drive. The performance is somewhat lackluster, it definitely looks a lot faster than it actually is. But since my Dad's is a 5-speed, when you drive it, it feels a like it has a reasonable amount of get up and go.
    They're actually pretty reliable if you keep them reasonably well-maintained. There are a ton of new old stock parts still around, they had originally planned on building 30,000 cars/year and only about 10,000 made it off the assembly line. Those parts are now owned by DMC-Houston, (no corporate affiliation to the original DeLorean Motor Co., just the same name) and they'll sell completely refurbished ones for like ~$35K if I remember right. Solid, well maintained cars usually go for about $20~25K.
     
  14. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Great Scott! For the movie the writers really did spell it "jigowatt" because they were going only by what they heard in a lecture. :)

    The neighbors had a DMC when they were still being made. It was always broken. They also decided to paint it, brown :p
     
  15. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    When I was about 14-15 years old (so like 15 years ago...damn) I saw one driving down the freeway. We kind of followed it for a while and marveled at it. Then when it took an exit my firend said, "there goes the lesbian." Of course, at 14 we all thought that was really funny as the word was still kind of taboo then.
     
  16. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    I've only ever seen a deloreon in person once and it was probably in one of the most ironic locations ever. Perhaps it only applies to Canadians because I'm not sure if they exist in the US (I think they're Best Buy's) but it was in the parking lot of a Future Shop!! And not even as like a demo or anything, it was just someone's car.
     
  17. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    Nice picture grab! I would love to see one up close. Such crazy cars, I wish there were more like them:)
     
  18. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    "Aaarggh!" It's Marty, not Mardee!
     
  19. Whyren macrumors 6502a

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    I was just thinking about this yesterday (why I'm not sure), but I think it'd be great to have such a vintage '80s car as the DeLorean. Then I remembered I'm driving an '86 Honda Accord.
     
  20. Sirus The Virus macrumors 6502a

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    I would drive one. Just for the way the doors open. Those doors are soooo sweet.
     
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    Boo on the convertible, the gullwing doors are killer, why would anyone do that?!?!? :eek:
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Jigga, what? :eek: ;) :D

    Yes...gigawatts are a real unit of measurement, jigowatts in that movie. :)

    And Jigga, what? If you're Jay-Z. :D
     
  24. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I would love a Delorean. There is an official Delorean dealership in Florida, too, but I don't have the time or money to put into one to buy it and keep it up. My 89 Ford Probe GT sucks up all the free money I have between maintenance and upgrades. Besides, going from a high pressure turbo to that dog of an engine would hurt. They sure are sexy vehicles, though. I'd love to get the roadless flying option on it, too.
     

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