How The DeLorean DMC-12 Became The World's Most Famous Car

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a two-door, mid-engine sports car manufactured by DeLorean Motor Company for the model year 1981. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis. The car became widely known and iconic for its appearance and was modified as a time machine in the Back to the Future media franchise.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and originally intended to be powered by a Citroën CX engine, but the partnership between the two companies fell through. The car instead used a PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6 engine, which was developed for use in the Peugeot 604, Renault 30, and Volvo 264. The PRV engine was later used in a number of other vehicles, including the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager minivans.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was first introduced to the public on January 21, 1981, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car went on sale in the United States in the spring of 1981, with a base price of $25,000. The car was not well received by the public or the automotive press, and sales were slow.

In 1982, John DeLorean was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and racketeering. The charges were related to his involvement in a scheme to solicit investments for his DeLorean Motor Company using false promises. The company went into receivership in 1982, and production of the DeLorean DMC-12 ended in 1983.

In 2007, the DeLorean Motor Company was relaunched under new ownership, and new versions of the DeLorean DMC-12 have been in production since 2008.

The DeLorean DMC-12 has achieved widespread fame and notoriety due to its appearance in the Back to the Future franchise. In the first movie, released in 1985, the car is modified by Dr. Emmett Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) to function as a time machine. The car returns in the two sequels, Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), with the modifications being made by Dr. Brown's wife, Clara (played by Mary Steenburgen).

The DeLorean DMC-12 has also been featured in a number of other movies and television shows, including The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Transformers.

The car remains popular to this day, and has been featured in a number of video games, including Forza Horizon 3 and Need for Speed: Payback.

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a truly iconic car, and its legacy is sure to continue for many years to come.