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This gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12 is currently up for grabs

Are you into really rare and expensive cars? Well, if you are, then this will definitely catch you attention as there are just five examples of this model in the world. It is the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. Back in the 1980s, specifically between 1981 and 1983, this model was not as rare as it is now, because the company built a total of 8,583 examples back then. Each model came with a set of gullwing doors, a fiberglass body structure, and brushed stainless steel body panels. I’m not done yet though. What makes this particular example more special is that it is part of the small sampling of vehicles that were give 24 karat gold plating. In fact, it’s currently up for grabs.

This definitely will be one of the rarest cars you would spot on the streets today, with only five examples in the world since the 80s. Therefore, it is not the cheapest DeLorean out there too, considering that the owner is selling it for $150,000. Specifically, this is one of two cars that had been gold plated by customers, but the company still considers it to be part of the original five.

Decades later, we are pleased to know that this DeLorean is still in pretty good shape. Most of the car’s body is covered in the aforementioned gold finish, except for the front and the rear bumpers. Overall, it had only been driven with just 156 miles (251 kilometers) on its odometer, which is quite impressive for a very old car. Under the hood, it remains with the same V6 engine and five-speed manual transmission that it originally came with. It also has a VIN ending in 16625.

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Ukrainian design student envisions a more modern take on the DeLorean DMC-12

Soon, around 300 new DeLorean DMC-12 sports cars will be seeing their new owners. They will be the exact copy of the DMC-12 sports car -- produced between 1981 and 1983 – that surged to its now iconic status thanks to its starring role in the “Back to the Future” franchise.

While the DeLorean Motor Company – a different company from the defunct carmaker of the same name – is busy preparing for the production of the DMC-12 sports car, Yevheniy Bratchyk -- a young design student from Kiev, Ukraine -- has published online his own vision of a modern DMC-12. This vision is dubbed as the DMC-21 and it features a number of similarities with the original DMC-12.

Let’s not forget that the new DMC-12s are actually replicas to be built by an unrelated company also named DeLorean. This company got sued by John DeLorean’s widow for illegally licensing their family name. However, the new Delorean company reached a settlement in 2015 to use the name, trademark and images in the future. Thanks to a Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act passed in 2015, the new DeLorean company could reproduce the DMC-12 in very low volumes in the United States.

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Texas company starts taking pre-orders for DeLorean DMC-12 replicas

More than three decades ago, the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. However, production was stopped due to issues within the company. The car itself was decent and very futuristic. It was a long shot for the American company to produce such a futuristic vehicle as it encountered so many financial difficulties for the production of that single model. It was the first and last that the company ever made.

A lot of people were mesmerized by the aesthetic design of the DMC-12. During that time, with 9,000 units produced before it stopped production in 1983. Due to the limited number of units, it is considered as one of the most coveted possessions for car collectors. As per 2007, only 6,500 out of the 9,000 were believed to exist.

For the past two decades, a company in Humble, Texas has been working on restoring and offering parts of the original DeLorean DMC-12. Although it bears the same name as the original makers, the current DeLorean Motor Company has no relation whatsoever with them. Recently, the company started to accept pre-orders through its website.

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New DeLorean DMC-12 to get more powerful engine, new transmission

The DeLorean Motor Company, commonly called DMC, is an American automobile manufacturer that was founded by John DeLorean in 1975. However, the company finally hit rock bottom in 1982 when it filed for bankruptcy after the various issues and scandals surrounding the production of its first and last car – the DMC-12.

The company was unable to make ends meet; there was poor financial management and insufficient sales and ultimately, the last straw was when John DeLorean was accused of engaging in drug trafficking to keep the company afloat. As the saying goes, “all good things come to an end” but the DeLorean Motor Company ended too soon.

Luckily, a British business man by the name of Stephen Wynne bought all company rights and stock of the DeLorean Motor Company in 1990. He set up shop in Houston, Texas, where old DMC-12s up for repair and new units are expected to meet. The DMCs proved to be a great hit up to this day but now, the firm is having trouble keeping up with the demand for parts. As demand for new DMC-12s is increasing, its products and parts are also slowly dwindling and so DMC is currently searching for possible alternative parts.

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The future is looking very bright for car manufacturer DeLorean Motor Company. The Humble, Texas-based company recently announced plans to start production of a souped-up version of the iconic DMC-12, a model recognizable to many film enthusiasts as the time-travelling car in the Back to the Future franchise.

The announcement was made after Congress passed a bill last December easing up the requirements for small-volume manufacturers of replica vehicles. The company said in a statement that for nearly five decades, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not distinguish between industry giants and small businesses that produce only a few custom cars in a year, subjecting all to the same requirements that are deemed restrictive to the small time players.

The landscape is all going to change now with the introduction of the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, H.H. 2675. The original DeLorean Company based in Ireland built 9,000 DeLorean DMC-12 cars between 1981 and 1983 before it filed for bankruptcy. Later in 1997, a Texas-based group acquired the original Belfast factory along with leftover parts and made a business of refurbishing the original DeLoreans.

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