An Anniversary for the DeLorean DMC-12 Dream Car, Which Turned into a Nightmare & Came Back for a Second Life
Even if you've never seen any of the Back to the Future movies, you probably know that Doc Brown's time machine is a DeLorean DMC-12. But did you know you can still buy the iconic stainless steel car, named after its creator, John DeLorean -- on eBay? Or that there's a website where you can get still get parts, and that the only certified DeLorean mechanic is still keeping the dream car alive for those who want one.
At the end of the Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade refers to the dangerous bird everyone's been chasing as "the stuff that dreams are made of." One could say the same thing about the DeLorean DMC-12, which began production on January 21, 1981, in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. What began as a dream, however, soon turned into a nightmare for just about everyone involved -- including Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, who invested $1.5 million dollars in the venture.
How did this happen? The following Storify slide-presentation provides some answers. It includes a documentary called Car Crash, a clip from Back to the Future, a few videos by current DeLorean owners, a Motorweek TV program produced in 2009 on the "Return of the DeLorean," and the scathing obituary published in the Guardian when the car's creator died on March 19, 2005.
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