The DeLorean Returns to Production

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Get out your wallets, everyone.

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/27/luxury/delorean-coming-back-to-the-future/

    BL.
     
  2. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    This is pretty cool. John DeLorean was a great entrepreneur and visionary, sort of a Steve Jobs writ small. And yes I remember his cocaine bust. That was a total F.B.I. setup.
     
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    Normally it would be impossible to make DeLoreans under current federal safety rules, according to Espey. But new regulations are going into effect later this year that will allow the production of replica cars without requiring them to meet safety guidelines involving air bags and crash tests.

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    So nothing will change to the look of the car except the engine and they'll only make 300. Hopefully it'll fund a redesign and a new production car.
     
  5. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I'll remain in the minority here. It was (the released model of yore) a truly crappy car. It was form over function which I guess would make it ideal for Apple to put out these days (ducking).
     
  6. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    Its typical 80s excess.
     
  7. Strider64 macrumors 6502

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    Except for the movie "Back to the Future" I never really cared for Delorean for it reminds me of someone putting a soda can body on a wanna be sports car. :D
     
  8. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Maybe they'll make it thinner and have a battery that will last about 7 hours before requiring a recharge. Oh crap, my bad, I was thinking Apple designs.
     
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Agreed. Even at the time, while it did look stunning, - and was very much an iconic design - visually - of its era - people in the automobile industry argued that it was a poorly designed car from an automative perspective.
     
  10. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    The Delorean is my favorite car.

    It was an awful car though. The engine was the PVR engine, co-designed by Porsche, Volvo, and Renault (hence the name). Other than Delorean, I think only Volvo used it. It was terribly underpowered and unreliable. The design of the body went through so many redesigns due to competing ideas, that the final result was basically bandaids on top of bandaids. It was a body on frame (for safety and ease of manufacturing), the body is fiber-glass (for weigh reduction and sports), but with stainless steel panels on top of that (for looks). Although the stainless steel exterior body is somewhat rust-resistant, the frame and most of the suspension components were regular steel and quite prone to rusting. Last minute regulatory changes also required them to change some suspension components at the last minute to raise the height of the bumpers, which caused handling to suffer.

    Nevertheless, the look of the car was originally designed by Italdesign, which is notorious for many iconic car designs, and like most Italdesign cars, the Delorean look is timeless and amazing.

    This company in Texas which is the subject of the article has been building refurbished Deloreans for years. They use practically all new parts, and some of their restorations are indistinguishable from brand new. So really there is nothing new, except that now they can issue some new VINs.

    One of my dreams is to buy a Delorean, and convert it to electric. :-D
     
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    I remember the 80s; and I recall I reading reviews of the DeLorean written by motoring specialists saying pretty much exactly what you have said - that it was terribly underpowered and pretty unreliable - that its running costs were astronomical and yes, I seem to recall references to possible rust, too.

    I agree that it is beautiful, but I remember what those who knew about such things thought about it at the time.
     
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    I'm thinking there must be a huge untapped market for a new Yugo.
     
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    What about a new Trabant?
     
  14. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Yugos make excellent book ends.
     
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    Back around 1990-91 or so one of my neighbors had one . Got a chance to drive it once and , honestly , wasn't impressed . Looked great , though . IIRC he had some mechanical problems , too .
     
  16. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    No you are not, this car was junk. Pure and simple. Of course this is my opinion, but it is one that seems to be shared from a few people. :D
     
  17. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

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    I think you mean Samsung
     
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    If you are a person who will be shocked that the expensive car you bought is a poorly-handling, form-over-function, unreliable mechanical nightmare unfit for commuting in, you are not the intended customer of any exotic car, and have made a huge mistake.

    See also: Don't buy a Sherman tank because it's a fuel efficient way to get to work, don't buy a hot air balloon because you can get an old used one for less than airfare to Austrailia, don't buy a Van Gogh because you want some wrapping paper for the kids presents that's bright and colorful, and don't buy a wooden boat because you want to save some money and envision long days of relaxing on its shiny deck in luxury, style, and comfort.
     
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    How come Back To The Future II didn't predict this?
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1486144/John-DeLorean.html

    "By the time it was over, the British taxpayer had contributed £78 million in subsidies to produce a mere 8,500 cars."

    Yes, he had great visions for something...
     
  20. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    350 ponies! It better not have that jelly suspension!
     
  21. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

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    I hope that's the new version that takes all kinds of junk and beer for the time machine.
     
  22. decx macrumors newbie

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    Hope you go all in and kit it out with a Mr Fusion instead of those puny plug in systems... ;)
     
  23. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    We in the North West already have a supply of Deloreans. Cars and Parts.
     
  24. Number-Six macrumors 6502

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    Well then what's the point? :D
     

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