1981 DeLorean DMC12SOLD

RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall, August 3-4, 2007

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Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $23,100

130hp, 174 cu. in. V6 engine, C.I.S. fuel-injected, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.8"

In the mid 1970s, details about the radical DeLorean mid-engined coupe, which was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and being built in Northern Ireland with an unpainted, stainless steel body and exotic gull-wing doors, was the talk of the town. This was a car that could the automotive world upside down.

If there was anybody who could do it, it was John DeLorean. After all, DeLorean himself was already a legend in the auto industry for being the guy responsible for the Pontiac GTO and subsequently considered to be the father of the Muscle Car. Furthermore, it was well known that he had risen quickly through the ranks at General Motors, where he gained a reputation as a rebellious visionary. He quit GM in 1973, the same year the American auto industry was put in a strangle hold from power sapping Federal emission laws, and in an attempt to build his own automotive empire formed the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC).

The production version of his car, the DMC12, debuted in 1981 and despite all the hype it was received with mixed reviews. After only three model years, financial difficulties, build quality issues, political issues and controversy plagued the company; DCM closed down before it had a chance to produce 10,000 cars.

The exciting history of the man and the company aside, the car is actually quite novel, both then and now. Standard features include electric windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, a Craig stereo, central-locking and leather seats. The DMC-12 was built on a Lotus designed chassis, which consists of a central box-section backbone, and “ Y ” shaped sub-frames. The car ’ s body is constructed of glass-reinforced plastic, with Brushed Grade 304 stainless-steel panels attached.

Having been the owner of a DeLorean dealership, Marvin Tamaroff felt it was fitting that he should personally own one. Today his DMC12 is in virtually flawless showroom-new condition with only 355 original miles showing on the odometer. At one point, Mr. Tamaroff had Brian Joseph, owner of Classic and Exotic in Troy, Michigan service the air conditioning system. Other than that, the DeLorean remains in 100% original condition.

Reference Number 9170

as of 5/5/2007

Car 1981 DeLorean DMC12
VIN SCEDT26T6CD010427 
Exterior / Interior Color Bare Steel /      Dark Grey  
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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