For the Love of Cars – Delorean DMC12

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  • For the Love of Cars – Delorean DMC12
  • Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    The only “money no object” car that I have ever really wanted since I saw one when I was 13.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-the-love-of-cars/4od

    jon1973
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    I saw one driving down the M3 a few years back.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Awesome looking thing.

    Almost as good as the car Homer designed.

    Premier Icon Russell96
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    They had one on the Motorex stand at the Geneva motor show last year, tried to blag a sit in it but failed 🙁

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    Even if money were no object, I still would not have one of those… It would never be out of the garage and you’d be constantly sounding out new owners

    Premier Icon Simon
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    We went to an 80s themed 40th a while back. The birthday boy is into American film/TV cars and he had a DeLorean and a KITT Trans Am inside the venue. We got to sit in them both 🙂

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    There’s a feller lives just down the road from me that owns one, it doesn’t get driven much but the presence of the thing when it comes out is ridiculous. Particularily when you see it squeezed into a standard wimpey garage 😆

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    Horrible piece of work. Looks like an Austin Princess from the front.

    Hadge
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    The company I worked for used to make the wiring harness for them. Needless to say it wasn’t a good business deal because of what happened. Saw the early prototype when it was shipped to our factory. Did look sweet too.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Peas in a pod.

    Candodavid
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    Friend has one, it is a thing of beauty really, not my bag though

    jon1973
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    What’s wrong with the Austin Princess?

    bigyinn
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    Have a look under the hood. I had a poke round one a couple of years ago and my Mk1 sierra 1.8l’s engine bay looked more modern.

    Premier Icon daleman
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    Not my cup of tea, but this program has been the one of my tv highlights over the past weeks looking forward to next week.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    bigyinn – Member

    Have a look under the hood. I had a poke round one a couple of years ago and my Mk1 sierra 1.8l’s engine bay looked more modern.

    I like that it makes about the same power as a typical family estate 😆

    Fans might like this

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFEqClpt5ck[/video]

    gears_suck
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    A friend of mine had one and asked to use my jeep for a couple of weeks in trade, as the delorian didn’t have room for his skill saw and tool belt.
    It drove like a pig on castors and the novelty wore off after about 10 mins.
    Horrible!

    eddiebaby
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    See one all the time in Weymouth. Practical for the salt air. When they were released we popped down to Barclay’s ( the garage) in Oxford and spent 5 minutes shooting photos of ourselves hoovering talc up our noses off the bodywork before the staff called the Bill and we had to scarper.

    I was stuck in a traffic jam once on a hot sunny day and there must have been a Delorean owners club meet nearby because a saw a string of them by the side of then road broken down. Something about them though.

    Premier Icon cheshirecat
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    Oddly, I saw one in the flesh near Chester today. Looked great

    bencooper
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    I got to drive one a few years ago – there was one of those prestige car hire companies and a friend rented one.

    Great fun, but some really bad design touches – the best was probably the handbrake. It was on the right, so you had to climb over the handbrake to get in and out of the car. Not a brilliant idea…

    I’m really enjoying the series, the Mini Cooper was a good one too.

    I didn’t know about DeLorean and the cocaine deal though. The programme said there was only 9,000 DMC 12’s made, wasn’t/isn’t there parts for tens of thousands more though? Think it was mentioned on the Wheeler Dealer’s show when they had one.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    the best was probably the handbrake. It was on the right, so you had to climb over the handbrake

    common on many cars in fact. or at least on many rear engined kit cars. vaguely recall friend’s classic Porsche was like that too.

    saw a de lorean at work the other day. no idea whose it was.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    The auction show is next week.

    What is the betting that Philip Glenister buys the mini?

    bencooper
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    wasn’t/isn’t there parts for tens of thousands more though?

    There’s a company in the States building them. They recently built an electric one.

    seen one in a museum. They’ve got that lovely 1980’s square / angular look and are super low. Chassis and suspension based on Lotus designs.Body panels were not structural. Built in Ireland. Yes they have been re-assembled from 80% old stock and then some new parts. everything you need to know

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    iamroughrider – Member
    They’ve got that lovely 1980’s square / angular look

    AKA “Plug Ugly”. Remember that appalling AM Lagonda?

    Premier Icon cliffyc
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    They (DMC),cocked up all the great work Lotus put in by jacking the car up to improve the ride!.

    brakes
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    Great show. Great car.
    Arguably the most iconic car of all time.
    If it worked better and didn’t have the back story it wouldn’t be the car it is.

    My Dad picked me up from school in one when I was younger (right hand drive twin turbo). I walked straight past it as I wasn’t expecting him to pick me up. Felt like a right nob when I had to open the wing doors in front of everyone.

    Was looking at a list of what all the cars went for at auction.
    Won’t spoil it for anyone who doesn’t want to know, but some of them did rather well.

    eddiebaby
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    @brakes I reckon the E-Type has the edge on it.

    daveh
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    Went quite cheap for a Mexico, no?

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Went quite cheap for a Mexico, no?

    That’ll be a spoiler then?

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    not a bad return that

    Landrover and the Mexico for me

    Premier Icon dudeofdoom
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    mmm dmc wasn’t it a renault 25 gearbox and v6 whacked in a fibreglass body with a bit of stainless steel cladding stuck on.

    Sort of lotus esprit rip off wivout any handling or performance 🙂

    smartboy
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    I would love the Escort, but bubble-arched and Olympic Blue with RS2000 decals, a bank of 4 Cibes and some wide minilites!
    Don’t think the £ figures they gave included any of the parts or labour they used, just purchase price and sale price (but might have missed that bit?).

    Much better ‘proper’ restoration work done on these than that terrible Classic Car Rescue programme with the angry cockney and the fat Canadian!

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