If "DeLorean" rings a bell, it's most likely because you have seen it as a time machine from a 1985 sci-fi flick. However, the popular automobile was no fiction, but an iconic sports car with form and design quite ahead of its time.
The DeLorean Time Machine we are all familiar with. (Photo via Baba Wheels)
The DeLorean was the brainchild of engineer and automotive industry executive John DeLorean, who founded the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) in 1975. It was styled by well-known Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The first two-seater prototype was developed in Northern Ireland in March 1976, and by 1981, production for the gull-winged wonder officially began.
Although the DeLorean was the only model ever produced by the short-lived DMC (declared bankruptcy in 1982), the sports car still remains a pop-culture icon for its notable time machine stint in Back to the Future. Many auto enthusiasts, sports car fans, and vintage aficionados do not only revere the automobile to this day, but also the man behind the gull-winged stunner. John DeLorean, according to reports, never bothered to follow the footsteps of a “typical Detroit auto executive.” Instead, the automotive visionary found inspiration in the trends and mindset popular to the youth of his time, something that his older peers regarded as “hippie” and “rebellious” and likewise never bothered to do.
Stephen Wynne, an entrepreneur from Texas, acquired the remaining parts and logo trademark of the DeLorean Motor Company and started a new company with the same name in 1995. Although not associated with the original company, DMC (Texas) provides assistance to the owners of the original DeLorean.
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