Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113

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Lot 309
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé
Registration no. XOI 7569 Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113

Sold for £ 16,100 (US$ 20,984) inc. premium
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh
1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé
Registration no. XOI 7569
Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906
Engine no. 1113

Footnotes

  • 'Throughout the history of the British Motor Industry, hope and enthusiasm have tended to overrule commercial common sense. The De Lorean episode was perhaps its clearest example in Government.' - Martin Adeney, The Motor Makers.
    The brainchild of ex-General Motors executive John Zachary De Lorean, the De Lorean sports car project was touted around the world before finding a home in Northern Ireland thanks to generous grants from the British Government. Designed by ex-Pontiac engineer Bill Collins, the DMC12 was extensively reworked by Lotus prior to production, emerging with the latter's trademark steel backbone chassis and all-independent suspension, and powered by a rear-mounted Peugeot/Renault/Volvo 2.9-litre overhead-camshaft V6 engine. Apart from its larger-than-life creator, it was the car's stylish coupé body that attracted most attention by virtue of its method of construction - a combination of glassfibre inner panels and stainless-steel outer skin - and doors that opened gull-wing fashion à la Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The much-hyped DMC12 finally arrived in 1980 and immediately ran into quality control problems, a not altogether surprising occurrence considering the local workforce's unfamiliarity with automobile manufacture. No doubt the company would have sorted out the glitches given time but sales never approached projected levels and De Lorean's 1982 indictment on drugs charges - he was subsequently acquitted - brought the project to its knees.
    Displaying a total of only 19,400 miles on the odometer, this left-hand drive example of one of the 20th Century's most controversial motor cars has been on long term display in Ireland at the Robert Guinness Steam Museum in County Dublin and the Irish Museum of Transport. In December 2008 the car was inspected, as a prelude to re-commissioning, by M J Hargreaves, Resident Engineer at the Steam Museum. The body, paintwork, chassis and road wheels were found to be in good condition, though the fuel, electrical and braking systems had suffered from the long period of immobility and the general effects of corrosion. Between January 2009 and March 2010 most of the car's faults were addressed and a detailed log of the work carried out (80 hours), list of parts replaced and Mr Hargreaves' initial inspection report are available (close inspection advised). The total cost of parts was €1,571 (approximately £1,300). Known to the De Lorean Owners Club in the UK, the car comes with Swansea V5C registration document and is sold strictly as viewed. It is expected that further information regarding the progress of the ongoing remedial works will be available by time of sale.
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
Property of The Right Hon Miranda Guinness, Countess of Iveagh,1981 De Lorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T8BD001906 Engine no. 1113
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