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1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Make/Model: DeLorean DMC-12
Year: 1981
Owner: Mike Hulsey
Original Price: $25,000

About the 1981 DeLorean

The original prototype of the DeLorean first appeared in 1976 which was referred to as DSV-1 (DeLorean Safety Vehicle. This is very similar to the Bricklin SV-1 which was done by 1976. Changes were made to the DeLorean in the following years and by 1981 the DeLorean we all know was released, largely in part thanks to Back To The Future.

Delorean and Bricklin

DeLorean produced 6,700 cars the first year but only sold 3,000. In 1982 DeLorean produced 1,999 cars and 276 cars have Vin numbers for 1983. In 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 total of 8,975 DeLoreans were produced between 1981 and 1983. DeLorean filed for bankruptcy in 1982 and John DeLorean was charged with cocaine smuggling. By 1984 John DeLorean was acquitted by way of entrapment, but it was too late and the movie that would become an iconic classic was released one year later in 1985.

This particular DeLorean had been left in a barn since 2000. In 2020 museum founder, Sean Mathis learned of this car and for 3 years worked on getting the car to the museum. The door handles were broken and the doors were sealed shut, but the car was dragged out of the barn. New handles and door shocks were installed along with a new set of tires and the car was professionally detailed so it could be on display for you today.

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