I was flicking through the Motor Report over the weekend and found an article that will make a lot of die hard Back to the Future fans smile. As of 2017, a new DeLorean DMC-12 that’s virtually identical to the original of the 1980s, will be available to purchase.
A company in Humble, Texas by the name of DeLorean Motor Company plans to build around 300 DeLorean DMC-12 cars using some of the original firm’s leftover parts. Recently that company started accepting pre-orders via its website.
The new DMC company (which bears no relation to the original company that went bust in 1982) has capitalised on the passing of the $305 billion highway bill in 2015, which included the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, allowing small manufacturers (less than 5,000 cars annually) to construct up to 325 replicas per year of car models over 25 years of age. Previously, replica builders were subject to the same regulatory burdens as the automakers that mass-produce cars.
Because the list of features is still being finalised, DMC isn’t mentioning a price tag just yet. However, the company has previously offered fully restored original DeLorean DMC-12 models for prices starting at $65,500US. The new cars will be mostly hand-made and DMC says it expects to build them at the rate of just one per month initially, ramping up to one car per week by the end of the second year of production.
Source: The Motor Report