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1983 DeLorean DMC-12

1,704 Actual Mile DMC-12 2.85 Liter V6 5 Speed Survivor
Stock #
134984
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
2.85 L V6
Exterior Color
Silver
Interior Color
Gray
Miles
1704

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  • Original 2.85 litre Peugeot Renault Volvo V6
  • Correct asymmetrical wheels
  • Alpine CD player
  • Original Peugeot Renault Volvo 5-speed manual transaxle
  • Original body panels
  • Only 1,704 miles
  • Factory-correct suspension
  • Original leather interior

In many ways the DeLorean has become a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Think about it: a car, made famous by time travel, that helps likable protagonists recreate the fate they already know as truth. I mean, pretty much the whole point of attempting time travel is reconnecting with, and solidifying, settings, places and events that inspire a certain, unforgettable feeling. That’s exactly why many people buy classic automobiles. And that’s exactly what will happen when the next lucky owner of this sweet survivor slides behind its wheel and turns the key. Unique, unmatched in aesthetics and essentially timeless, this awesome coupe proves that it takes more than bright paint and a big motor to truly be cool. So cool, in fact, that the required characteristics are exclusive to a timespan of three years and roughly 9,100 cars.

Production of ‘The DeLorean’ was a direct result of many automotive forces combining their skills to create something universally beneficial. In America, Detroit visionary John Z. DeLorean had quickly climbed the ranks of Chrysler, Packard and General Motors in hopes of establishing his own automotive entity. In Italy, world-renowned stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro was in the midst of introducing a crisp design language dubbed ‘folded paper’. And in the UK, storied Lotus founder Colin Chapman was looking for engineering work to fund his troubled automotive boutique. In 1975, DeLorean officially chartered the DeLorean Motor Company. By 1976, he had a running prototype of the ‘Z Tavio’, an innovative coupe that would be offered to the public for roughly $12K. In 1978, DeLorean Motor Company broke ground on its first factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. And in 1981, with the help of Giugiaro and Chapman, the DMC-12 was officially introduced.

DMC’s sensational coupe takes shape thanks to Glass Reinforced Plastic that’s cloaked in brushed, 304-grade stainless. The idea was to create a profile that wouldn’t chip, fade or blemish. And, knowing stainless is notoriously hard to re-shape, DeLorean made sure every panel could be replaced as needed. Designed to be both fun and efficient, that profile achieves a super slick .35 Coefficient of Drag. Noise and vibrations are isolated via Lotus-developed polyurethane foam. And plastic, body-matched bumpers ensure years of low-speed durability. This particular DMC-12 is an impressive, low-mileage survivor that’s only traveled 1,704 miles. That means the car’s new owner can experience one of the hobby’s most unique and innovative offerings in all its pure, undomesticated grandeur!

Likely assembled in August of 1982, this coupe represents the very best of what Dunmurry had to offer. And, as a fully sorted garage queen that’s seen very little road time, it’s one of the nicest DeLorean survivors on the planet! At the front of its body, a chip-free valance hangs clear headlights, amber parking lamps and a familiar, “DMC” branded grille over a mesh-trimmed spoiler. At the top of that grille, a flat hood anchors a blocky “DeLorean” script in front of original glass and functional engine louvers. At the sides of those louvers, straight fenders center power, partitioned windows above black profile guards. And at the back of the car, colorful taillights illuminate a “DeLorean” branded bumper and small stainless exhaust tips.

During the DMC-12’s development, engineers considered a variety of powerplants. For example, DeLorean’s original prototype utilized a Citroen rotary mill. When that engine went out of production, Ford’s Cologne V6 was heavily considered. But, ultimately, the 2.85 litre Peugeot Renault Volvo V6 was chosen for its combination of performance and durability. Utilizing aluminum construction, overhead camshafts and two valves per cylinder, this proven powerplant turns smooth 8.8 to 1 compression into 130 horsepower and 162 lb./ft. torque. And, despite moving a relatively heavy payload, those respectable numbers provide great fuel economy! Aesthetically, everything on this PRV, from its stock internals to its Bosch fuel injection, reflects a history of fastidious maintenance. Twist the key and the cylinders rumble to life, sending their rhythmic notes through a subtle exhaust system. And with one tap of the throttle, the engine zings smoothly toward redline.

Take a look under this factory-spec cruiser and you’ll find straight, mostly original mechanicals that are clean and free of significant weathering. Originally intended as a mid-engine platform, the DeLorean ultimately slid its V6 rearward to accommodate a 5-speed Peugeot Renault Volvo transaxle. The car’s body rides on a 2-piece Glass Reinforced Plastic monocoque that’s mated to a Lotus-inspired double-Y chassis. That chassis’ fully independent suspension combines speed proportional rack-and-pinion steering with two 10-inch rotors, two 10.5-inch rotors and four power-assisted calipers. Exhaust rolls through stainless steel pipes that, like the car’s stainless exterior and epoxied chassis, were built with ultimate durability in mind. And, at the corners of the floor, asymmetrical alloys spin 195/60R14 Yokohama YK420s in front of 225/60R15 Yokohama YK420s.

DMC offered strictly monochromatic leather inside their futuristic creation and, accordingly, this 12’s clean cabin is decked in factory-fresh gray. Hoist the red-lit doors and a plush driving environment kicks off with a pair of comfy buckets that were specifically designed to accommodate the 6’4” stature of creator John DeLorean. In front of those buckets, a pliable dash anchors correct 85 MPH gauges above electronic climate control and a modern Alpine CD player. Below that dash, a stitched leather console centers a decidedly ‘80s shifter and factory power window switches on clean carpet that’s protected by black, “DMC” branded floor mats. Opposite that console, padded side panels hang controls for both power mirrors and power door locks above sculpted armrests and small pull straps. Above those panels, a factory headliner frames small reading lamps and a self-dimming mirror. In front of the driver, a leather-wrapped, 3-spoke steering wheel laps a fully adjustable column. Behind the passengers, a netted cargo hold features enough room to stash essentials. And in front of the cockpit, a forward-tilt bonnet reveals four cubic feet of storage space.

In many ways, The DeLorean’s story mimics the Back to the Future franchise that was built around it: a passionate belief in infinite possibility, and how the past and present relate to the future. With a forward-thinking mindset, the car’s creator looked around and saw things he could improve upon. He used established design and engineering to promote progress and create something significantly advanced. And today, thanks to its unique design and pop culture fortune, this DMC-12 reminds us of optimal times reminiscent of Marty McFly’s 1985. One thing is certain: like McFly, this righteous classic has a very bright future!

Basic

Year
1983
Make
DeLorean
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
DMC-12
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Sports Car
Mileage
1704

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
2.85 L V6
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
5 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
n/a
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Single CD
Battery Location
Behind passenger's seat
Battery Shut Off
At battery.
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
No
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Gray
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Leather
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Silver
Paint Type
n/a
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Independent
Rear Suspension Type
Independent
Axle Specification
n/a
Front Wheel Specification
14"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
195/60R14
Rear Tire Specification
225/60R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Original Equipment

History

Restoration Status
Survivor
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
n/a

Our Service Programs

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