The DeLorean Motor Company has just announced its biggest news since Doc Brown built a flux capacitor in the 1985 movie, “Back to the Future”. The company, which has been refurbishing old DeLorean vehicles since 1995, will soon be building the first new DeLorean cars since 1982.
Built from leftover factory parts, as well as some pieces that have been recreated from original blueprints, the new DeLoreans are able to be built thanks to a recent manufacturing bill approved by the federal government. This bill exempts small volume car manufacturers from safety requirements if they are building replica vehicles; ones that resemble a car originally produced more than 25 years ago.
Currently, the company is sorting through its engine options, since the recently passed low-volume production law does not exempt them from meeting current emissions requirements. With a third-party engine installed, these reproduction DeLoreans will have a lot more horsepower than their 1980-something counterparts – 300 or 400 horsepower instead of the original 130.
DeLorean Motor Company CEO Stephen Wynne expects new vehicles to be available early in 2017, estimating that there are enough supplies available to build at least 300 cars.
If you are interested in driving the iconic gull-winged DMC-12, it’s time to start saving up. New vehicles are expected to cost just under $100,000, while refurbished vehicles run between $45,000 and $55,000.
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