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(Jalopnik)   In honor of St. Drinking Day we celebrate the only good car to ever come out of Drinkytown   (jalopnik.com) divider line 29
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2012-03-17 10:42:22 AM  
Well...they were pretty cool looking. Not sure it's worth owning.
 
2012-03-17 12:25:12 PM  
Looks Cool. A friends BIL owned one, he didn't figure out that he couldn't get out of it in the garage, until after he bought it. Gull Wing doors and low overhead. They were badly underpowered.
 
2012-03-17 12:27:41 PM  

Fear_and_Loathing: Looks Cool. A friends BIL owned one, he didn't figure out that he couldn't get out of it in the garage, until after he bought it. Gull Wing doors and low overhead. They were badly underpowered.


As I understand it, most of the engineering money went up Delorean's nose.
 
2012-03-17 12:38:35 PM  
What a horribly written article. Apt, though, considering the quality of the cars.
 
2012-03-17 01:42:11 PM  
The DeLorean would have been banned in the US, for snorting white lines off the roads.
 
2012-03-17 01:47:48 PM  
I don't know if "badly underpowered" is the right phrase. I got to drive one around for a day, and while it's not the fastest car on the road, it held its own. It's significantly faster than a VW Bus, despite what you'd learn from BTTF.
 
2012-03-17 01:51:59 PM  
I'd always wondered why the DeLorean was such a popular car, and yet a failure commercially.

Now I get it. It was an Irish company.
 
2012-03-17 02:08:49 PM  
Not really Irish. They were made up North. Which is what explains everything wrong about them :)
 
2012-03-17 02:23:01 PM  

St_Francis_P: Fear_and_Loathing: Looks Cool. A friends BIL owned one, he didn't figure out that he couldn't get out of it in the garage, until after he bought it. Gull Wing doors and low overhead. They were badly underpowered.

As I understand it, most of the engineering money went up Delorean's nose.


That's actually not true. (A) Delorean was not ever charged with consuming coke, only with "trafficking," and (B) he was found not guilty of all charges. The court found that it was entrapment by the FBI. The government manufactured a crime and tried (unsuccessfully) to snare him.

Unfortunately, people remember the charges and forget the acquittal.
 
2012-03-17 02:25:40 PM  
Oh look. All the Cool Kids want to make "hurr durr delorean is a coke hed" jokes even though they have no idea what they're talking about.

What happened. (new window)

/It's a funny and sad statement on humanity when anything different is instantly the target of ridicule because of that.
//Conform or GTFO, apparently
///This is part of a larger rant
////Seriously though, cheap shots don't work when they're not based in reality.
 
2012-03-17 02:26:07 PM  
Read that as "Dinkytown", which, if you are not from MN or go/went to the U of M, you have no idea what that is.
 
2012-03-17 02:42:40 PM  

Gubbo: Not really Irish. They were made up North. Which is what explains everything wrong about them :)


Hey, lots of things are made in the North, not just Deloreans. For example, the Titanic was made there too!
 
2012-03-17 02:59:35 PM  
I always thought the deloran stole it's looks from the only Canadian car

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bricklin_SV-1 (new window)
 
2012-03-17 03:58:24 PM  

FloydA: St_Francis_P: Fear_and_Loathing: Looks Cool. A friends BIL owned one, he didn't figure out that he couldn't get out of it in the garage, until after he bought it. Gull Wing doors and low overhead. They were badly underpowered.

As I understand it, most of the engineering money went up Delorean's nose.

That's actually not true. (A) Delorean was not ever charged with consuming coke, only with "trafficking," and (B) he was found not guilty of all charges. The court found that it was entrapment by the FBI. The government manufactured a crime and tried (unsuccessfully) to snare him.

Unfortunately, people remember the charges and forget the acquittal.


Eh, OK. That's even more disappointing. At least the coke thing was an excuse for the lack of engineering.
 
2012-03-17 04:27:15 PM  

St_Francis_P: FloydA: St_Francis_P: Fear_and_Loathing: Looks Cool. A friends BIL owned one, he didn't figure out that he couldn't get out of it in the garage, until after he bought it. Gull Wing doors and low overhead. They were badly underpowered.

As I understand it, most of the engineering money went up Delorean's nose.

That's actually not true. (A) Delorean was not ever charged with consuming coke, only with "trafficking," and (B) he was found not guilty of all charges. The court found that it was entrapment by the FBI. The government manufactured a crime and tried (unsuccessfully) to snare him.

Unfortunately, people remember the charges and forget the acquittal.

Eh, OK. That's even more disappointing. At least the coke thing was an excuse for the lack of engineering.


The engineering problems with the DMC-12 had to do largely with the changes made to comply with US emissions standards that were introduced after the design was complete. Chapman's redesign added a lot of weight, but it was necessary. The smaller engine and addition of a catalytic converter on US models made them also much more sluggish than the ones released in Europe. Overall, they really weren't bad cars for their time. Nothing spectacular, but quite serviceable for what they were.

They were not a high performance sportscar, they were not meant to be (but a lot of people assumed that they were). They also weren't meant to compete with DeLorean's successes on the GTO, Firebird, or Grand Prix.

IMO, one of the biggest reasons the DMC-12 never made it was that everyone was expecting something different, and there was simply no way to satisfy everyone.

I wouldn't buy one, but if someone gave me one, I'd take it.
 
2012-03-17 04:33:23 PM  

FloydA: I wouldn't buy one, but if someone gave me one, I'd take it.


LOL. That's about how I feel. Then I'd re-engineer it into something I'd want to drive.
 
2012-03-17 05:04:57 PM  

FloydA: They were not a high performance sportscar, they were not meant to be (but a lot of people assumed that they were).


True. Although John did have plans for a turbocharged version to help combat the low performance.

I wouldn't buy one, but if someone gave me one, I'd take it.

I would. I considered buying one for my next car but another car came out that I want more. And at the moment DeLorean's car builder section of their site is down because, IIRC, they're in the middle of making changes to put out an electric DeLorean.

I thought about getting a used one and going over it to make it showroom perfect instead, but I want something drivable right now. A project car is for later on.
 
2012-03-17 05:17:03 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy: FloydA: They were not a high performance sportscar, they were not meant to be (but a lot of people assumed that they were).

True. Although John did have plans for a turbocharged version to help combat the low performance.

I wouldn't buy one, but if someone gave me one, I'd take it.

I would. I considered buying one for my next car but another car came out that I want more. And at the moment DeLorean's car builder section of their site is down because, IIRC, they're in the middle of making changes to put out an electric DeLorean.

I thought about getting a used one and going over it to make it showroom perfect instead, but I want something drivable right now. A project car is for later on.


I'd probably be willing to buy one of the electric ones for my commute car, if the price was right. I can see that being kind of cool.

I wish I could get an electric touring car, so that I could go more than 100 miles before calling it a day and stopping to recharge. When they get batteries that will give me more than 400 miles on a charge, I'll be very happy.
 
2012-03-17 05:49:50 PM  

FloydA: I wish I could get an electric touring car, so that I could go more than 100 miles before calling it a day and stopping to recharge. When they get batteries that will give me more than 400 miles on a charge, I'll be very happy.


Same here. In the short term though I'm looking at this for an electric commuter.

Brammo Empulse (new window)
 
2012-03-17 06:23:37 PM  
fark your Delorean, I've a horse outside (new window).
 
2012-03-17 06:55:39 PM  

Jesus Farking Christ: fark your Delorean, I've a horse outside (new window).


John D has a DMC and he offered me a spin.
 
2012-03-17 08:00:29 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: What a horribly written article.


Dude, it's Jalopnik.
 
2012-03-17 08:32:18 PM  

flaminio: I don't know if "badly underpowered" is the right phrase. I got to drive one around for a day, and while it's not the fastest car on the road, it held its own. It's significantly faster than a VW Bus, despite what you'd learn from BTTF.


Let's see if those bastards can do 90.
 
2012-03-17 09:04:31 PM  
Drinky Crow made a car?
 
2012-03-17 09:40:46 PM  
Won't you take me to...Drinkytown?
 
2012-03-17 10:05:49 PM  

CtrlAltDestroy:

Same here. In the short term though I'm looking at this for an electric commuter.

Brammo Empulse (new window)


Ohh, nice. I live somewhere that's cold and rainy for 9 months out of the year and all hills, but when I retire to someplace more bike-friendly, that's on my short list. Thanks!
 
2012-03-18 12:40:58 AM  

FloydA: Ohh, nice. I live somewhere that's cold and rainy for 9 months out of the year and all hills, but when I retire to someplace more bike-friendly, that's on my short list. Thanks!


No prob. They're supposed to start mass production sometime this year. And speaking of fun vehicles, check out the Carver which will comes to the US as the Persu.
 
2012-03-18 02:19:19 AM  
some crazed rednecks from the county south of me got ahold of a delorean somehow and you'd see them just flying up and down 29 early this century. Haven't seen those crazy cats in years. I assume they ran that Delorean into the ground or they got busted for meth. Or both.
 
2012-03-18 09:20:40 PM  
Article fails with no mention of the Feehan Myles O'Connor 200. A motorcycle thought up in a pub, manufactured in a barn, with funding from a drunk catholic priest.
 
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