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The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) was an auto maker with a very brief history. Founded by John DeLorean in 1975, the company is primarily known for having made the DMC-12 (usually just referred to as the DeLorean), a stainless-steel sportscar with gullwing doors. The company is known for its brief and turbulent existence in the automotive world: in fact, DeLorean went bankrupt in 1982, barely 7 years after the launch of its first model.



Its founder was then accused of drug trafficking in order to keep his company afloat. He was eventually acquitted, with the court ruling that John DeLorean had been entrapped by the FBI. This did not keep his company from going down in flames.


The first prototype of the DMC-12 was completed in October 1976 by William T. Collins, chief engineer and designer, and former engineer with Pontiac. The rear-mounted engine was supposed to be a rotary piston engine (Wankel). The first prototype was equipped with a 4-cylinder engine by Citroen, but the solution chosen in the end was a fuel-injected PRV V6 engine, due to the Wankel production shutdown. Additionally, the PRV was already certified under US air quality standards, following the first oil crisis that rocked the entire world in 1971. The initial concept was called the DSV, or DeLorean Safety Vehicle, a car featuring all the current safety devices (bumpers and crumple zones, airbags, passenger protections, braking). John Delorean wanted to create an "ethical" car, focused on safety and the environment.


The DMC-12 was an advance for its time, thanks to its forward-thinking features: durable materials, shock-absorbing bumpers and deformable chassis, four wheel disc brakes, fuel injection, air conditioning, electric mirrors and windows, central door locking, alloy rims, audio system, etc. This equipment made the DMC-12 a car that would be perfectly at home in the 21st century, reliable and current. Road-holding, comfort, and handling are still pleasant.


In 1982, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt and stopped all business following the arrest of John DeLorean. The last partially assembled DMC-12 were completed by Consolidated International, and the last of these models were sold in 1983.


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