1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175
Lot 202
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé
Sold for £36,800 (US$ 49,188) inc. premium

Lot Details
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175 1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé  Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé
Registration no. DWU 162W
Chassis no. SCEDT26T4BD005175
*Delivered new in Fresno, California
*One previous (lady) owner
*8,834 miles from new
*Offered from long-term storage
*Recently re-commissioned

Footnotes

  • 'Throughout the history of the British Motor Industry, hope and enthusiasm have tended to overrule commercial common sense. The DeLorean episode was perhaps its clearest example in Government.' - Martin Adeney, The Motor Makers.

    The brainchild of ex-General Motors executive John Zachary DeLorean, the DeLorean 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 DeLorean's 1982 indictment on drugs charges - he was subsequently acquitted - brought the project to its knees.

    Displaying a total of only 8,834 miles on the odometer, this left-hand drive example of one of the 20th Century's most controversial motor cars was purchased new in 1981 from a DeLorean dealership in Fresno, California. Its purchaser was a Mr Ivan Kong, who bought the car for his wife as a birthday present. It was Mrs Kong's 'dream car', and she used the DeLorean very sparingly during the first few years of its life. It then went into storage and was considered an investment.

    Now retrieved from storage and with a new owner in the UK, where it was registered in August 2016, the car has been re-commissioned, including an overhaul of the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. Offered with a V5C document and current MoT, this instantly recognisable and highly collectible rarity is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout.
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