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.