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Lot 241: 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 - The 'Explodaview' Car

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

It was in January 1974 that the John Z. DeLorean Corporation was established in Detroit, its eponymous founder having steadily climbed the ladder from engineer to general manager within the American motor industry and recently resigned from General Motors. He soon laid plans to produce his own limited production and technically advanced sports car: designed by Giugiaro, and based on his 1970 Porsche Tapiro concept car, it was distinguished by gull wing doors, a brushed steel finish and a chassis made from ERM, a patented lightweight composite material owned by a DeLorean subsidiary.Following formation of the DeLorean Motor Corporation in October 1975, a complex series of capital-raising exercises generated the funds necessary to produce the first prototype 12 months later. Finances, though, were stretched and after several international possibilities a factory was set up in Belfast in association with the Northern Ireland Development Agency. Prior to production, however, the ERM for the chassis was replaced by a patented Lotus vacuum moulding process which, with other changes and type approval testing, delayed the DeLorean's launch until 1981. The rest of the specification included all round independent wishbone/coil spring suspension and disc brakes, while power came from Peugeot's 2,849 c.c fuel injected V6, producing 130bhp at 5,500rpm and 1621b.ft at 2,750rpm allied to a five-speed gearbox. This superb example car has had a total nut and bolt rebuild and as such, is one of the very best DeLoreans available. It has a new old stock engine with under 500 miles under its shiny new belt, reconditioned gearbox and all running gear. The whole car has been stripped, photographed and rebuilt, with all newly recommissioned interior and new electrics. The chassis has been galvanised and correctly powder coated with all new gear components, pipes and fixtures. The underbody has has been totally recommissioned with all brackets etc re-gasketed, re-sealed, re-plated and correctly reset. Even the nuts, bolts and washers throughout every component have been re-plated to match. The car runs on renovated wheels and new tyres. Thanks to this, everything is in perfect working order and a new sound system, in brushed steel of course, has recently been installed. The car has been photographed at its component stages for the now famous "Explodaview" Wallchart ( EYA 110X has been valued by the chairman of The DeLorean Owners Club in excess of 30,000 with the insurance valuers in full agreement. With MoT and road tax running through to May 2006, there is no doubt that when the owner describes this car as the best available. It is.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
Lot Number241
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberEYA 110X
Chassis numberSCEDT26T7BD002965
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