The DeLorean Motor Company wants to start producing the DMC-12 again, now that the U.S. government is allowing small car companies to build limited quantities of replica motor vehicles that appeared at least 25 years ago.
The stainless-steel bodied DeLorean DMC-12 posthumously rose to fame in the Back to the Future movie trilogy. About 9,000 units of the car were produced between 1981 and 1983, and was equipped with a 2.8-litre PRV (Peugeot Renault Volvo) V6 that developed a paltry 130 horsepower. Transmission choices included a five-speed manual and a three-speed automatic.
The current DeLorean Motor Company, based in Humble, Texas, isn’t the original company that developed the DMC-12 back in the seventies. However, they purchased the name, the DMC logo trademark and the remaining parts of the founding company (and its suppliers), which went bankrupt. Since 2008, they’ve been assembling DeLoreans with new old stock parts and reproduction parts at a price of about $65,000 USD. The cars the company now seeks to produce would be “all-new.”
Although it would be considered a replica, the 2017 or 2018 DeLorean DMC-12 will be subject to recalls and must meet current emissions standards. The company would normally find a powertrain from a mainstream automobile manufacturer or a create engine that’s approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
If all goes well, production of the new DeLorean DMC-12 should begin in 2017.