In part thanks to its representation as a time machine in Back to the Future the DeLorean DMC-12, it's brushed stainless steel body and gull-wing car doors is one of the world's most iconic cars. The car stopped being produced back in 1983 but now a new batch will come onto the market in 2017.
Originally the car was produced in Northern Ireland but, much like the car was reborn as a time machine, the company was reborn in January 2016 and is now based out of Humble, Texas as the DeLorean Motor Company.
Due to a new law called the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act” (H.R. 2675)" the Texas-based company, which bought all the leftover DeLorean parts from the old company, can now start using them to make new DMC-12s. More about the law allowing this can be found at DeLorean's website.
There will only be a limited number made, 300 of them, and they will be priced at $100,00 each. The cars will be modernized but it's not known exactly how they're going to look. According to car website Jalopnik who spoke with DMC's vice president the engine frontrunner "is a normally-aspirated V6 making between 300-400 HP. This seems to be the non-American company, and while the company wouldn’t comment, it may well be Japanese. It may be Toyota, but that’s just a guess." It will also have "bigger wheels, bigger brakes, and shocks from 'a famous German supplier.'"
While the company are keeping tight lipped about specifics they did recently write a blog to denounce rumors circulating online around an image of a car thought to be the new DeLorean. Here's what they said:
While the written content of some of the linked articles is fairly accurate, the photo (shown below) that has most often accompanied it is not, by any means, an accurate representation of the planned production car.
The car illustrated above was drawn in 2011 by designer, digital artist and illustrator Maxime de Keiser as a modern interpretation of the De Tomaso Mangusta. Sometime after these photos were originally posted in 2011, someone added some DMC/DeLorean logos and claimed that it was the “new” DeLorean.
The federal law that was passed in late 2015 that allows for low-volume production here in the USA states that the only cars allowed to be built under this legislation are those that resemble production vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago. Therefore, the planned 2017 DeLorean will resemble the original 1981-1983 DeLorean models.
Looks like we're going to have to wait until next year to find out exactly how the new car is going to look.