The DeLorean is going back to the future — and back into production.
Famed for its distinctive gull-wing doors and stainless steel body, the DeLorean DMC-12 achieved pop culture immortality through its use in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Despite the car’s fame, however, you don’t exactly see a lot of them around — only 9,000 DMC-12s were made before production halted in 1983 (since the DMC-12 was the only car the company actually got around to making before it went into liquidation, the car is usually just called ‘the DeLorean’).
That’s all about to change, however. The DeLorean Motor Company is back (well, technically it’s a different company using the same name and logo), and they’ve just been given the green light by the US government to restart production of the legendary car.
“It’s fantastic. It is a game changer for us. We’ve been wanting this to happen,” DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne told Houston’s KPRC2.
Wynne’s company will build replica DeLorean DMC-12s at its facility in Humble, Texas, under a low-volume manufacturing bill. Wynne estimates he already has enough supplies in stock to build about 300 cars, and hopes to go from building one a month to one a week.
“It’s huge for us. It means we’re back as a car company,” Wynne said.
Given the low volume of DeLoreans being produced, it’s still awfully unlikely that you’ll find one at your local car yard, but true collectors will no doubt find a way to get their hands on one.
The new DeLoreans will reportedly cost “less than” $100,000 USD; you’ll also be able to buy a “refurbished” 1980s model for around $50,000 USD.
The exact price of the new DeLoreans will depend what modern engine the company chooses to go with — though the new models will look identical to the old ones from the outside, they haven’t decided what’ll be under the hood.
“There’s no reason to change the appearance of the car. As we go into the program, we’ll decide what areas need to be freshened up,” Wynne said.
The first new DeLoreans won’t be completed until 2017, giving you plenty of time to save up for one — and to get hold of your own plutonium-powered nuclear reactor.