I wish I could see the look on Brian Lohnes’ face when he gets to see this news, I really do. The DeLorean DMC-12, the car immortalized in the Macklemore music video for “Thrift Shop” and some 1980s movie that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen, will be seeing production for the first time in over thirty years as a result of the Low-Volume Motor Vehicles Replica Act, which allows replica manufacturers to produce up to 325 copies of a car 25 years or older on their own, provided they meet current model year emissions standards. What does this mean for fans of Doc Brown’s Time Machine? Well, in short, DeLorean Motor Company (the second one that has been in operation since 1985, and isn’t related to John Z. DeLorean’s original company), who bought the entire allocation of parts that Consolidated International acquired after the original DMC went into receivership, can now use those parts to manufacture new DeLoreans, based upon the 1982 design. With 6,500 or so of the 9,000 DeLoreans still on the road and the cars as popular as ever, there is going to be a market for acquiring a brand-new, showroom-fresh DMC-12. DeLorean Motor Company says that they have enough original parts on-hand to build about 300 new cars. What isn’t completely clear, to us anyways, is the engine situation: if the cars have to meet 2016 emissions regulations, then the original 2.8L PRV engine is out, since it left production in 1998. Would a 3.6L GM V6 fit well? Maybe the 2.7L Ford Edge Sport’s turbocharged mill? Whatever the case, here’s hoping that at least some of the new owners remember that DMC-12s came with a five-speed manual transmission that didn’t involve paddle shifters.
Talk about back to the future!
No doubt an LS will end up in that engine bay, so that’s a beautiful notion doomed from birth…
No matter what engine they put in it’s still…”polishing a turd”! No pun intended. 🙂
Man April 1 came fast this year
LS would be good in there. Really its the only smart move.