DMC-12 was a sports car manufactured in Northern Ireland by
the DeLorean Motor Company from 1981 to 1983. Because it was
the only car the company ever produced the DMC-12 is often reffered
to as simply a 'De Lorean'.
The most notable features of the DeLorean DMC-12 were the gull-wing
doors and brushed stainless steel body panels which gave the
car its unique color and texture. There are also painted DMC-12's
in existence as well as three gold plated cars. The stainless
steel body panels of the DMC-12 are fixed to a fiberglass monocoque
underbody. The underbody is affixed to a double-Y frame chassis,
derived from the Lotus Esprit platform and utilises four-wheel
independent suspension, coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers.
The front suspension used double wishbones, while the rear was
a multi-link setup.
The DMC-12 was one of the most over-hyped
cars of all time.
The styling of the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the prolific
automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design.
Although the DeLorean DMC-12 was initialy built during 1981
to 1983 the Delorean Motor Company, under different ownership,
continues to manufacture replacement parts for the car, and
in 2007 started to offer 'new build' cars using a combination
of original parts from the Ireland factory, original parts sourced
from the original suppliers to the factory and reproduction