||Brushed Stainless Steel
condition inside and out, 2 local owners since new - both physicians
and both BMI clients, recently serviced with great documentation and
maintenance / ownership history. Vehicle has never been
advertised for sale until now.
|5 keys - n/a remote
||$37,500.00 / best offer
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(VIN: SCEDT26TXBD001762), SS304 brushed stainless steel with black leather interior, 8,410 original miles and the very
desirable 5-spd. manual transmission and only 2 local physician owners from new. Many cars are known from starring
roles on TV or in the movies - but few are as well-known as the DeLorean DMC-12 - the car that took Michael J. Fox "Back
to the Future" in 3 popular feature films. Built from 1981-1982,
the DMC-12 was the brainchild of former GM executive John
Z. DeLorean. It was styled by Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and the chassis and suspension were engineered by Colin
Chapman, founder and owner of Lotus Cars. About 9,200 DeLorean DMC-12s were produced between January 1981 and
December 1982. In 2007, about 6,500 DeLoreans were believed still to exist. This vehicle has a clean CarFax showing
no accidents. It is a 2-owner car (both physicians) purchased new locally and the selling dealership (Cooke Chevrolet)
was owned by one of my best friends grandfather (John Cooke). Both previous owners are still living locally and both are
clients of my company. This DeLorean has never been owned or registered outside of Evansville, IN and it has never been
advertised on the market since it was sold new. The second owners purchased it from the original owner by word of mouth
that it was available and have owned it since 1983. This vehicle has always been garage kept and driven sparingly by both
owners, has been serviced yearly and has always been registered for road use each year. It has books and manuals, very
good service history and a full set of keys, plus the dealer installed
DMC floor mats. This is probably one of the few on the
market that has the factory stainless steel car care detailing kit and
original DeLorean owners / motor club newsletters, articles
and parts & accessories brochures. This example is the nicest
I have seen and is a rarity due to the mileage, condition and
known ownership history. During the last few years DeLoreans have experienced a bottoming out of values and now are on
the rise as investment grade collectibles!
Options: The DMC-12 was only available with two factory options; a no-cost manual transmission and the choice of a grey or
black interior (black is most sought after by buyers). This
example also has some dealer installed options, including floor mats
and black leather door pull straps.
The hood and passenger door struts are strong and the car runs and drives very well. The body is in exceptionally nice
condition with no dents or scuffs, and the SS is very shiny and shows no swirl marks or flaws from improper cleaning techniques.
It has never been involved in an accident and has not been used during
winter months. The undercarriage is very clean and the
front frame section shows no dents, signs of damage or rust. The
interior is very nice with only some light patina (age lines) on
the seats from being sat upon and some wear on the driver side trim
piece that protects the seat bolster. The carpeting is in very
nice condition and the glass is all original and without flaws.
Even the window switches function and the white arrows aren’t
worn away. There is no no dash warping or cracking as is very
common with these cars, and the glove box door fit is very even.
The headliner is not sagging or torn, as is common with these cars. The rims are unmarked.
Tires: Kelly Charger (185/60-14f & 235/60-15r)
Tread Measurements: DF: 9/32, PF: 10/32, DR: 10/32, PR: 10/32 (10/32 is new tire tread depth).
06/1981 - vehicle completed by manufacturer and delivered to dealerships summer of 1981.
10/1981 - purchased from Cooke Chevrolet by Dr. T. Krueger in Evansville, IN and registered in Evansville, IN.
04/1983 - purchased by Dr. S. Troyer for his wife to use as a daily driver, registered in Evansville, IN.
05/2019 - vehicle offered for sale by Buxton Motorsports in Evansville, IN.
History of service (known):
10/17/2018 - full inspection plus flushed and renewed the coolant,
power steering fluid and brake fluid. Transmission fluid checked.
06/06/2018 - replaced battery
05/25/2016 - air conditioning service and replaced fuse for windshield wipers.
07/01/2013 - replaced windshield wiper blades, checked cooling system for leaks.
01/25/2013 - full inspection plus replaced cooling fan relay, rebuilt
fuel distributor, replaced fuel pump, changed spark plugs, engine
oil and filter change @ 8,149 miles.
05/08/2007 - tighten clamps around water pump
04/18/2007 - replaced front and rear brake calipers and pads.
08/01/2006 - replaced right front brake caliper, cleaned brake master cylinder.
10/10/2005 - full inspection plus new tires installed, hood, trunk and
door struts replaced, air filer changed, engine oil and filter
change @ 7,422 miles.
06/22/1994 - full inspection plus flushed and renewed coolant, brake
fluid, transmission fluid, drained and cleaned fuel tank, new
battery and alternator installed, engine oil and filter change @ 7,354
12/10/1981 - 1,200 mile service performed, per factory recommendations
plus recall repairs carried out for the front stabilizer bar,
lower link and ball joints
a/c converted to R134 and recharged (blows cool but not cold)
tachometer sending unit
blower motor resistor / relay - fan shut off after it was running for a while
updated stainless steel coolant overflow reservoir and a couple of other normal service updates
plastic clip in engine compartment that holds metal shield up
Engine type: rear-mounted PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) SOHC V6
Weight distribution: 35% – 65% front–rear
Fuel type: Petrol
Fuel System: Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection
Coolant : Water
Engine Alignment: Longitudinal
Engine size: 2849 cm3 or 173.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke: 91.00 x 73.00 mm or 3.58 x 2.87 inches
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
Number of valves: 12 Valves
Maximum power: 130 bhp or 97 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque: 152 lb.ft @ 5500 rpm
Drive wheels: RWD
Steering: rack and pinion
Steering ratio: 14.9:1
Turns (lock to lock): 2.65
Transmission Gearbox: 5-speed Manual sourced from Renault
Fuel tank capacity: 13.5 US gallons front suspension:
unequal length A-arms, coil springs, tube shocks and anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: semi-trailing arms, upper and lower lateral arms, coil springs and tube shocks
Front: 10.0 inch Discs
Rear: 10.5 inch Discs - vacuum assisted
Swept area: 541 sq. in.
Rims: cast aluminum alloy, 14x6 front and 15x8 rear
Tire Size: 195/60HR-14 (Front) - 235/60HR-15 (Back)
Length: 168.1 in OR 4270 mm
Width: 72.8 in OR 1849 mm
Height: 46.1 in OR 1171 mm
Front / Rear track: 65.4/62.6 in OR 1,661/1,590 mm
Wheelbase: 94.8 in OR 2408 mm
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in OR 140 mm
Cargo Volume: 14 cuFT OR 396 L
Curb weight: 2,840 lbs.
Road and Track 1982 road test
The DeLorean DMC-12 was a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean's
DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981-1983.
The first prototype appeared in October 1976. Production officially
began in 1981 in Dunmurry, a suburb of southwest Belfast, Northern
Ireland, where the first DMC-12 rolled off the production line on
January 21. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative
fiberglass / glass reinforced plastic (GRP) underbody structure with a
Lotus designed steel backbone chassis, with external brushed stainless
steel body panels over top. The gullwing doors, when opening,
only require 11 inches clearance outside the line of the car, making
opening and closing the doors in crowded spaces relatively easy.
Under the rear hood is a 2.85L V-6 engine designed and built by
Peugeot-Renault-Volvo under a special contract with the DeLorean Motor
Company. Cloaking those mechanicals was a crisp body penned by
Italian stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro that retained the flair of the
DMC-12 prototype. The real talking point was the DeLorean’s
rustproof stainless steel bodywork, which covered a fiberglass inner
structure. Over the course of production, several features of the
car were changed, such as the hood style, wheels and interior. About
9,000 DMC-12s were made before production halted in early 1983.
As of 2007, about 6,500 DeLorean Motor cars were believed still to
On October 1976, the first prototype DeLorean DMC-12 was completed by
American automotive chief engineer William T. Collins, formerly chief
engineer at Pontiac. Originally, the car was intended to have a
centrally-mounted Wankel rotary engine. The engine selection was
reconsidered when motor production ended, and the favored engine became
Ford's "Cologne V6." Eventually the French/Swedish PRV
(Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) fuel injected V6 was selected. Also the
engine location moved from the mid-engined location in the prototype to
a rear-engined installation in the production car. The chassis
was initially planned to be produced from a new and untested
manufacturing technology known as elastic reservoir moulding (ERM),
which would lighten the car while presumably lowering its production
costs. This new technology, for which DeLorean had purchased
patent rights, was eventually found to be unsuitable. These and
other changes to the original concept led to considerable schedule
pressures. The entire car was deemed to require almost complete
re-engineering, which was turned over to engineer Colin Chapman,
founder and owner of Lotus Cars. Chapman replaced most of the unproven
material and manufacturing techniques with those then employed by
Lotus, like the steel backbone chassis.
The body design of the DMC-12 was a product of Giorgetto Giugiaro of
Ital Design and is paneled in brushed SS304 stainless steel.
Except for three cars plated in 24-carat gold, all DMC-12s left the
factory uncovered by paint or clear coat. Painted DeLoreans do
exist, although these were all painted after the cars were purchased
from the factory. Several hundred DMCs were produced without
stainless panels, for training workers, and are referred to as "black
cars" or "mules", in reference to their black fiberglass panels instead
of stainless, though these were never marketed. Small scratches
in the stainless steel body panels can be removed with a non-metallic
scouring pad (since metal pads can leave iron particles embedded in the
stainless steel which can give the appearance of the stainless
"rusting"), or even sandpaper. The stainless steel panels are
fixed to a fiberglass underbody. The underbody is affixed to a
steel double-Y frame chassis, derived from the Lotus Esprit platform.
The unpainted stainless body creates challenges during restoration of
the cars. In traditional automotive body repair, the panel is repaired
to be as original ("straight") as possible and imperfections are
sculpted back to form with body filler like Bondo or lead (body
solder). This poses no problem (aside from originality) with most cars,
as the filler will be hidden by the car's paint (for example, most new
cars have filler hiding the seam where the roof meets the quarter
panel). With an unpainted stainless body, the stainless steel must be
reworked to exactly the original shape, contour, and grain—which is a
tremendously difficult job on regular steel (a dented or bent panel is
stretched and a shrinking hammer or other techniques must be used to
unstretch the metal) and even more difficult with stainless due to its
tendency to work-harden. Furthermore, it is exceedingly difficult to
paint stainless steel due to difficulties with paint adhesion.
DeLorean envisioned that damaged panels would simply be replaced rather
than repaired; each DeLorean service center today has at least one
experienced body repair person on staff, and there are decades worth of
new stainless panels still available in most instances.
Another unusual feature of the DMC-12 is its gull-wing doors. The
common problem of supporting the weight of gull-wing doors was solved
by other manufacturers with lightweight doors in the Mercedes-Benz
300SL and a hydraulic pump in the Bricklin SV-1, although these designs
had structural or convenience disadvantages. The DMC-12 features
heavy doors supported by cryogenically preset torsion bars and
gas-charged struts. These torsion bars were developed by Grumman
Aerospace (and built by Unbrako in the UK, a division of SPS
Technologies of Jenkintown, PA) to withstand the stresses of supporting
the doors. A popular misconception of the DMC-12's gull-wing
doors is that they require far more side clearance to open relative to
ordinary side-hinge doors, such as when parked in a parking lot.
In fact, the opposite is true: the DMC-12 requires far less clearance
than side-hinge doors, and this can be physically demonstrated.
This misconception of side clearance may stem from a misunderstood
location of the hinge point of the doors by persons unfamiliar with
DMC-12s. These doors, when opening, only require 11 inches (28
cm) clearance outside the line of the car, making opening and closing
the doors in crowded spaces relatively easy. Much like the doors
fitted to the Lamborghini Countach, the DMC-12 doors featured small
cutout windows, because full-sized windows would not be fully
retractable within the short door panels. Additionally, the doors
featured red and amber "safety" lights around the perimeter. These
lights illuminated when the door was open and could be seen from the
front, rear or side of the vehicle at night or low light situations.
The engine is a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo (PRV) 2.85 liter V6, which
produced about 130 hp, that was designed and built under special
contract with the DMC Company. These PRV engines were a development of
the 2.7 liter V6 in the Renault 30, and were built in the PRV Factory
in Douvrin, Northern France. The gearbox, also designed by PRV,
was built at the Renault facility near Caen in Normandy. The
engines and gearboxes were shipped weekly by sea from the PRV Factories
to the DMC Factory.
The suspension of the DMC-12 is a four-wheel independent suspension,
coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers. The front
suspension uses double wishbones, while the rear is a multi-link
setup. In its original development stages, the car is said to
have handled quite well. Design drawings clearly show that the
design met NHTSA minimum bumper and headlight heights of the
time. Many owners have subsequently replaced or modified the
front springs to return the front height to the original design
Steering is rack and pinion, with an overall steering ratio of 14.9:1,
giving 2.65 turns lock-to-lock and a 35-foot (11 m) turning circle.
DMC-12s are fitted with cast alloy wheels, measuring 14 inches (360 mm)
in diameter by 6 inches (150 mm) wide on the front and 15 inches (380
mm) in diameter by 8 inches (200 mm) wide on the rear. These were
fitted with Goodyear NCT steel-belted radial tires. Because the
DeLorean is a rear engine vehicle, the DMC-12 has a 35%–65% front–rear
weight distribution. The DMC-12 features power-assisted disc
brakes on all wheels, with 10-inch (250 mm) rotors front and 10.5-inch
(270 mm) rear.
Picks: The interior is very nice with only some light patina (age lines) on the seats from being sat
upon and some wear on the driver side trim piece that protects the seat bolster. From the "needs"
section above - a/c converted to R134 and recharged (blows cool but not cold), tachometer sending
unit, blower motor resistor / relay - fan shut off after it was running for a while, updated stainless steel
coolant overflow reservoir and a couple of other normal service updates, plastic clip in engine comp-
artment that holds metal shield up. Overall an exceptionally nice car. Nothing else to reasonably fault,
the full set of photos shows the condition, so please request and review them.
Numerical Condition Evaluation:
(1 denotes Very Poor / Item needs replacement, 10 denotes Excellent / Showroom New)
CONV. TOP: N/A
WINDSHIELD / GLASS: 9.5
LEATHER / CLOTH: 9.5
INT. CARPETING: 9.5
SERVICE RECORDS / OWNERSHIP HISTORY: 7
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