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(Some Guy)   John DeLorean dead at 80. Was trying for 88, but his flux-capacitor gave out   ( divider line
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2005-03-20 02:42:02 PM  
That car DID have style...even the DMC logo looks cool.

I coulda bought one in the mid '80's for $3000. Then Michael J. Fox and BTTF happened, and you couldn't touch one for less than 20 G's after that.

/still kicking myself
2005-03-20 02:46:55 PM  
And remember, he was banging the Tic Tac girl (aka Kelly Harmon, Mark's sister) back in the 70s. No, I can't GIS a decent pic of her.
2005-03-20 02:47:38 PM  
Wow, I had no idea the Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 was used in the DeLoreans!

It's also kind of unfortunate, too, because the PRV V6s weren't nearly as reliable as Volvo's inline 4 cylinder engines. After 100,000 miles or so, without careful maintenance and proper upkeep, the engines tended to fall apart. Still, there are a handful of Volvo drivers out there with the first and second generation V6s, so it wasn't a complete disaster.

Too, the performance wasn't that great. In a Volvo the V6 did decently, but I think the DeLorean was pretty heavy (dense) for its size--I guess the stainless steel did that. At least the car won't rust out like the Volvos can do.
2005-03-20 02:49:06 PM  
nice headline.

And those cars are cool looking. Only saw one in person.
2005-03-20 02:53:52 PM  
Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine...
Three deuces and a four speed, and a 389...
Listen to her tacin' up now, Listen to her whi-i-ine...
C'mon and turn it on, whind it up, blow it out, GTO

/Ronny and the Daytonas
//Had a Mach 1 in 1968, traded in in on a MGB
2005-03-20 02:54:32 PM  
Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine...
Three deuces and a four speed, and a 389...
Listen to her tacin' up now, Listen to her whi-i-ine...
C'mon and turn it on, whind it up, blow it out, GTO

/Ronny and the Daytonas
//Had a Mach 1 in 1968, traded it in on a MGB
2005-03-20 02:57:30 PM  
If anyone thought Loomis was bad:
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/not mine
2005-03-20 02:57:37 PM  
"There are two things you do not do to a DMC-12:
1) Paint it an ugly ass color
2) BODY KIT?!??"

um, thanks to the brill-iant stainless steel choice, if your Delorean's been in an accident you're pretty much farked-you HAVE to paint it or look like a welfare wagon. Under the terms of his business plan, the DMC would need 105% of the sportscar/luxury market to break even.
Delorean The Car & Delorean The Man=Teh Suck
My father knew plenty of people who were familiar with him & from his behavior nobody liked him, which made him perfect upper management material. He got the nickname "Hollywood John" in school because he didn't care if it worked, just that it looked good. The Car & Driver piece that he set up(it rated the new Pontiac GTO OVER the Ferrari GTO) has always been viewed w/suspicion.

Two funny stories; At GM Tech College the Yearbook/Programs ALWAYS lost money until Delorean took it over. He immediately switched them to yellow paper & the ad sales quadrupled-which he got a commission on btw. Turns out he was calling area merchants & asking if they'd like to buy an ad in the "Yellow Pages".

He was late to work @ GM. He stopped to help some nuns who had a broken down GM van. He got it started & went on his way. As it turns out one of the nuns was his boss' sister -that lead to his first promotion. You gotta be Irish to have that kind of luck.
2005-03-20 02:58:36 PM  
The submitter's going to hell? What about DeLorean himself, for the way he defrauded the British government and shat on the people of Belfast?
2005-03-20 03:04:33 PM  
I was almost old enough to drive when these first came out. Saw some at a dealer in Gatlinburg one day and have lusted ever since. I didn't care if you had to wind it up with a rubber band. It's true about the cooling and door problems, sometimes people got trapped in their cars but it's always going to be a collector car anyway, and you can actually still get parts for them. Oh, well, when I win the lotto.

And painting a delorean is HERESY!
2005-03-20 03:10:52 PM  
BloodyL: I think the DeLorean was pretty heavy (dense) for its size

1200kg, about the same as an Esprit. Unfortunately the emissions kit strangles the engine.


The submitter's going to hell? What about DeLorean himself, for the way he defrauded the British government and shat on the people of Belfast?

Well said.
2005-03-20 03:12:48 PM  
Good one, bud. Have a cold beer.

I think a Coke is more appropriate to this thread, no?
2005-03-20 03:13:28 PM  
There's a Delorean that is always at the local golf club in Oregon, its license plate is MCFLY.
2005-03-20 03:18:03 PM  
If only that rotary engine had worked out.
2005-03-20 03:24:01 PM  
I am so stealing that line.

By the way, any U of I Farkers remember that DeLorean with the license plate "GIGAWTT" around campus? I may be off by a character on the plate, but I remember seeing it a couple of times in 1999-2000 on Green Street. Pretty effin' sweet.
2005-03-20 03:39:18 PM  

There's a Delorean that is always at the local golf club in Oregon, its license plate is MCFLY.

That's "L"ame
2005-03-20 03:44:05 PM  
Every day on the way to work I drive past a DMC-12 parked on the street. Never moves, gotta wonder if it even runs.

The cars looked cool, but performance wise they couldn't even keep up with a Civic Si. Not exactly in the supercar realm.
2005-03-20 03:56:01 PM  
RIP funnyman, we barely knew ya...
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2005-03-20 03:57:32 PM  
All I know is that I was driving to work one day in Chicago and I saw a DeLorean on a flatbed on North Ave. that had a Mr. Fusion on the back of it. No, seriously. Granted, there's no such thing as a Mr. Fusion, but it sure as hell looked like the one from BTTF2.
2005-03-20 03:57:57 PM  
Well... On one hand, I'm sad, but on the other hand... DeLorean was on my dead pool.
2005-03-20 04:01:13 PM  
hey does any one have any info on the specs of the car after an engine swap? i recall seeing a page where they dropped a northstar engine in there. i was thinking if i ever had buttloads of money to burn after spending it on important stuff i'd get a swapped delorean.

i wanna be able to install my own christmas lights flux capacitor with switch activation, pick up a friend (preferably a female relative/friend for bigger humiliation factor), open the passenger door for them from the inside, with the back to the future theme blasting, and somehow work in "roads? where we're going we don't need roads."
2005-03-20 04:02:10 PM  
Sponsored by Lexus?
2005-03-20 04:02:39 PM  

That makes Baby Jesus well as me!
2005-03-20 04:07:44 PM  
2005-03-20 03:18:03 PM Webgrunt

If only that rotary engine had worked out.

You mean they didn't work out? Somebody had better tell Mazda so they can stop building cars with them.
2005-03-20 04:10:06 PM  
I read DeLorean's autobiography a few years back. It was a good read, very interesting to hear his side of the story. I'm definitely inclined to believe he was set up by unscrupulous people who didn't want him to succeed in his DMC automotive endeavours.

And he was acquitted of all charges due to entrapment.
2005-03-20 04:10:59 PM  
In the day they look great , but at night ,cruising down a motorway with all the lights reflecting of it, they're probably the coolest looking car ever made.
2005-03-20 04:12:01 PM  
I swear to God and all things holy, Christopher Lloyd was at the club I was last night in Santa Barbara. I suppose the only interest is that you would have figured he would be too old to be out doing the "scene." I was shocked. Kinda funny.
2005-03-20 04:20:37 PM  
The nice thing about the DMC was the fact that it was made of stainless steel.

The ironic thing about the DMC was that it had chronic rust problems.

/frame was not stainless steel
2005-03-20 04:27:15 PM  
He was married for a time to Christina Ferrare (sp?)who was quite hot back in those days. Gotta give him that.
2005-03-20 04:29:57 PM  
Heheh... nice headline submitter...

2005-03-20 04:30:24 PM  
Run for it, Marty!
2005-03-20 04:32:18 PM  
thornhill: Apparently the people at Volvo have never heard of DeLorean. I'm thinking of their new car designed by women that too has winged doors that open out as opposed to straight up. Cool idea in theory, but try opening them when you're parked close to something.

To open, the Delorean's gullwing doors required less than 12" clearance. Try opening YOUR car's doors and getting in with only a foot between you and the next car.

All you naysayers need to read up on the man. There was no cocaine. He was entrapped. He did not mismanage the Belfast plant; the British government screwed him. He may have been a bit of a Playboy and a bastard to his wife, but the man's a genius in my book.

If he had been allowed to succeed, the auto industry would be very different today.

And the car is awesome. Period. You put a Ferrari next to a Delorean, and people will flock to the Delorean every time. I've seen it happen.
2005-03-20 04:49:03 PM  
Calmamity, it was worth it. And BTW, you are the possessor of one of my top ten favorite headlines of all time (Fallujah). Keep up the good work.
2005-03-20 04:54:44 PM  
DeLorean used an entrapment defense to win acquittal on the drug charges in 1984, despite a surveillance videotape in which he was shown calling a suitcase full of cocaine "good as gold."

Ahahahaha, love those loopholes.
2005-03-20 05:05:14 PM  
D'oh, I missed this headline. I scanned the front page (a bit to fast apparently) and submitted "John DeLorean does 88 mph up to heaven" before seeing this...

And the car is awesome. Period. You put a Ferrari next to a Delorean, and people will flock to the Delorean every time. I've seen it happen.

Yes, but are they nerds? ;-)

I would kill for a DeLorean... If I ever spend a ton of money on a car (that is more than what is present day maybe $35K), it will be a DeLorean. Simply because the geekyness factor of one is off the charts.
2005-03-20 05:18:09 PM  
John DeLorean was the brainchild behind the Vega and the Chevette, two of the most troublesome and unreliable American cars ever made.

Whatever else the guy did in his lifetime--DMC, the GTO--should be weighed against the countless hours high school kids spent working long hours to afford repairs, the myriad vacations interrupted by mechanical failure, and the crushing blow to the international reputation of Detroit iron that just those two models visited upon the world.

Right now, John DeLorean and Joseph Lucas are sitting in some (dark) corner of Hell designing the underworld's passenger vehicles.
2005-03-20 05:25:57 PM  
just FYI,

There's a business in Houston that bought out the remaining parts inventory and intelectual property from the old Delorean Motor Company about 10 years ago. They used to be called Delorean One, but now operate as "Delorean Motor Company" and have the web domains and

They do restorations, upgrades, and general service on Deloreans for owners all over the US. And, It's owned by a British guy, so I guess they got their revenge on him after all.

evaned, it looks like the used Deloreans go for between $15k and $25k, so your $35k budget has plenty of headroom.
2005-03-20 05:35:46 PM  
The DeLorean car used the French made PRV (Peugeot Renault Volvo) engine, one of the biggest pieces of shiat to ever sit under the hood of anything. Besides the poor build quality, it was nice looking.
2005-03-20 05:39:33 PM  

Thanks, man. I couldn't have said it any better myself.

DeLoreans for teh win.
2005-03-20 05:48:53 PM  
Regardless of the problems, I still would own a Delorian for the coolness factor.

Is there still one for sale at Yesterday's Autos in Minneapolis?
2005-03-20 05:55:03 PM  
The delorean in the movie must have had some upgrades done to the engine. Listen to it when Doc turns it around in the parking lot via the remote. He stops and you hear a throaty growl of a larger v8 engine. Plus 130HP couldn't spin the tires unless you were on wet roads.
2005-03-20 06:05:33 PM  
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Parked next to this one a few months back, looked like somebody was using it as a grocery getter.
2005-03-20 06:10:17 PM  
Another coke joke:
Why don't you ever see a DeLorean in a ditch?

Because it always follows the white line!
2005-03-20 06:23:33 PM  
I got one. By the way, they're suprisingly cheap. Run like crap, too. Went to the convention last year. I learned a lot, for example, there is an official DeLorean with a non-crappy engine. The 502.
2005-03-20 06:31:33 PM  
I went to school at KCKCC in Kansas Ciy, KS. Everymorning I would drive onto campus I would always see the same little 60+ yr old white hair lady driving her DeLorean, she had good taste in cars.

As for DeLorean the man.....He was "Outatime"
2005-03-20 06:33:52 PM  
George Lucas' next movie after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith will be "DeLorean: A Man and His Dream"
2005-03-20 06:46:40 PM  
I almost bought one back in about 95 from a dentist I knew that had two. A popular 'upgrade' is to put twin turbos on the Volvo lump. One of his had that and one did not. If he had been selling the right one I might have ended up buying it...
2005-03-20 06:57:49 PM  
DeLorean invented one of the best cars ever the 64 GTO. along with the 69 Grand Prix and many more. he was an amazing designer. only if he were still around to pick up GM's crappy "retro" vehicle designs.

He's also the man who designed the 2nd Generation Chevy Monte Carlo's of which i have 3 in my family. i love those cars. RIP Mr. Delorean.
2005-03-20 07:01:30 PM  
Best. Headline. Evar.

And I've been here a few years.
2005-03-20 07:02:17 PM  
While interviewing Stephen Jones of SDF for my documentary, he took me for a ride in his DeLorean. Great ride.
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