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Little Classics News: 23 May 2015

Classic Time-Warp Delorean Comes to Auction

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

The Delorean DMC-12 is famous for one thing: time travel. However, this particular classic car is no work of fiction, but a time-warp, straight from the 80’s with just 24 miles on the clock.

This ultra-rare 1981 DeLorean sports car comes to auction on 6th June at Brooklands in Surrey, unregistered and hardly used since it was manufactured 34 years ago.

DeLorean DMC-12 2.8 V6

Unlike the famous film car, which sprouted all manner of pipes and paraphernalia the huge appeal of this DeLorean is that it‘s completely original, exactly as it left the Belfast assembly line in 1981.

Historics at Brooklands, who are auctioning the car, were stunned to discover the astonishing lack of mileage on the car and its immaculate condition, when consigning it to the auction.

DeLorean DMC-12 interior

A spokesperson said: “It’s a time-warp car. Despite being manufactured 34 years ago, it has spent all but a few weeks of its life cocooned in dry storage, and is effectively a brand new, unused car.”

This was the last DeLorean DMC-12 car to leave the factory in 1981 and was shipped to a DeLorean dealer in Newark, New Jersey, USA where it stayed locked away until the present owner purchased it November 2000. It was then shipped to the UK and immediately returned to its slumbers, remaining in storage for the following 15 years until being dusted down in preparation for the Historics auction.

DeLorean DMC-12 sales sticker

Without doubt the DeLorean DMC-12 is an iconic car of the 1980s, all the more so in view of the infamy that surrounded its founder John DeLorean and his company, which went into bankruptcy in late 1982 after producing just 9,000 models.

Styled by Italian designer Giugiaro, with engineering input from the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman, the innovative, gull-winged supercar of the day is clothed exclusively in unpainted, brushed stainless steel and powered by a Renault 2.8 V6 at the rear.

DeLorean DMC-12 rear

Possibly without precedent, the auction car still has the original factory-fitted delivery and legislative stickers attached to the windscreen. It comes complete with the original battery and tyres, and has had no modifications beyond a regular change of fluids, with the tyres maintained at factory pressures. It is supplied with the certificate of origin, shipping invoice, the customs form to enable UK registration and the unused owner’s manual.

Strong bidding is anticipated at an attractive estimate of £34,000-£39,000, for what is almost certainly the only remaining DeLorean in the world that’s unregistered and with delivery mileage.

The DeLorean joins a varied array of 200 classic cars and 100 classic motorcycles - from no-reserve classics to magnificent investment collectibles. Viewing is on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June. For all consignments and full details, see


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