Always wanted to own your own DeLorean? Of course you have. It’s a beautiful piece of pure nostalgia on wheels, and you are, after all, only human. Unfortunately, ever since the DeLorean Motor Company tragically went into bankruptcy back in 1982, owning one of these beauties has become rather pricey. The release and success of the Back to the Future trilogy, coupled with DMC’s bankruptcy meant that the DeLorean DMC-12 became a cult icon and a serious collector’s item.
Now, more than three decades on, the popularity of the DeLorean is still sky high. A huge DeLorean engineer/owner community has seen many of the stainless steel beasts remain on the road. Now, in a year that has already provided us with Nike Mag Self-Lacing Sneakers, new DeLorean DMC-12s are also set to hit the market. Thanks to a 2015 law that allows small-scale manufacturing of replica vehicles, a new DeLorean Motor Company started by fans has started taking Pre-Order Interest Applications for a 2017 version of the iconic DMC-12 automobile.
The number of 2017 DMC-12s released to the market will be small, which means you’re going to need to be prepared if you want to secure one. The first step will be to send in your application of pre-order interest. Note: This is not an actual pre-order, it’s more a tool for the manufacturers to gauge interest. Still, you’re going to need to jump through this hoop to ensure you’re among the first to know when pre-orders do go online. You can find that form here.
As for the car itself, the 2017 DMC-12 will have all the stylings we know and love from the original, namely those gull-wing doors and the iconic silhouette. Other than that, everything else will be getting an update, including a new EPA-compliant engine as well as updated braking and steering systems. While the 2017 model won’t come with a flux capacitor, it will have a touch of sci-fi in the shape of a touch-screen, all in one infotainment system.
If you’ve made it this far down, I’ll assume you’re interested enough to want to be curious about the price point. That particular detail hasn’t quite been ironed out just yet, but word from the folks at DMC is that it should cost around $100,000. That’s not cheap, but given that the relatively unreliable originals now fetch between 50 and 80k on the pre-owned market, it’s not unreasonable.
For more information, visit http://www.delorean.com/.