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Lot 131 - 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

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ESTIMATE £30,000- £40,000

Auction Coys Royal Horticultural Halls May 2017
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Lot Number 131
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number SCEDT26T7BD006482
Year 1981
Make DeLorean
Model DMC-12

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Description

John Z Delorean’s superb track record as a General Motors Executive was beyond dispute, and it was in large part this reason which convinced the British Government to make huge investment in the plans for the DeLorean Motor Company’s Belfast factory, to build a spectacular new sports car. Contrary to popular opinion he very nearly succeeded; the factory got built, all in the remarkably short period of three years.

The innovative stainless steel body and hulling doors were well integracted into a strikingly attractive design by legendary Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro; even today a DMC-12 will stop traffic like few other cars. However cash flow issues, and a bleak economical climate, sales eventually overwhelmed the company, and forced them into receivership in 1982.

Chassis D006482 is an original LHD example with black interior, built in November 1981. The car has had only one owner from new, before the current owner sourced the car with the help of a well know DMC club member in the USA, he collected the car and confirms it came from the original owner. Amazingly it still has the slight signs of the adhesive tape, used to fix the protecting pads the bumper corners, used during shipping to the USA in 1981. Showing that it has never been polished or heavily cleaned

The car comes with a letter from the club historian of the DeLorean Owners Club UK, stating “I have recently inspected and test driven, DeLorean Motor Car Vin. 6482, built in Nov. 81. It is in remarkably original, excellent and unmolested condition. I can truly say that of the 100’s of cars I have looked at over the years, this has the best preserved and cleanest present chassis frame I have ever seen! The Interior is in very clean original condition. Having inspected the car, documents and know history, I have not the slightest doubt that the approx. 9,000 displayed mileage, is correct.”

We expect the car to be much in demand as Deloreans have become cult vehicles for both motor car, and of course since the celebrated ‘Back to the Future’ movies, film enthusiasts. With DMC-12s gaining momentum in the collector’s car market, it is a joy to offer such an original, low mileage LHD example that with very little work could be concourse.


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