Dealer-Painted 'Ferrari Red' DeLorean DMC-12 Shows Up on eBay
Here we have one of the most well know oddities in the history of the automobile. The DeLorean DMC-12—or just "DeLorean," as it's known more commonly since—is right up there with other 20th century icons like Edsel, Corvair, Gremlin and Fiero. The car was supposed to shake the foundation of the market, but instead, wound up being a financial disaster, despite getting a starring role in one of the greatest movies ever made. Of course, that had more to do with John DeLorean getting arrested on charges of drug trafficking rather than the car itself, but even after he was acquitted, there was no saving the DeLorean Motor Company. Once DMC had folded, the remaining DMC-12s could be purchased under retail, which was $25,000 in 1981 when equipped with a manual transmission and bearing the signature stainless steel exterior. This one, though, is a bit different. It's a manual (hooray!), but instead of bearing the iconic stainless steal exterior, it was painted "Ferrari Red" by the dealer that sold it. Now it's for sale on eBay. RELATED: See More of the 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
Observing that this car has the dead pedal installed would make this a late production 1981 model, but the eBay listing does mention that the car is titled as a 1982. The listing also refers to the car as a "Gold Wing," and lists the motor as a twin-turbo V6, which it is most definitely not. It's the same PRV (Peugot-Renault-Volvo) fuel-injected V6 found in all other DeLoreans.
If it was a twin-turbo V6, for some reason, we most likely wouldn't be seeing it on eBay with a bid of $16,100 (per this writing). Only four turbocharged DMC-12s were ever produced, and only two of those were twin-turbos. Legend Industries of Hauppauge, New York, was contracted to build the cars, and the performance of VIN 530 at Bridgehampton Raceway so impressed John DeLorean that he ordered 5,000 engines from Legend. The setup was to be offered as a $7,500 option in 1984, but before a single car was produced, DMC went bankrupt, subsequently forcing Legend Industries into bankruptcy as well.
We're left to imagine what the automotive landscape of the mid-late 1980s would have looked like had DeLorean not been arrested. The engines were capable of accelerating smoothly in 5th gear from 1,500 rpm, to full turbo boost at 2,500 rpm on their way to a top speed of 150 mph at 6,500 rpm.
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As for this example, it's definitely more unique than your average stainless steel DeLorean thanks to the red paint, but aside from that, there's nothing particularly noteworthy about it. The interior appears to be in fair condition with only the usual wear one would expect on a car of this age. The owner says that there are no rattles, or leaks, and that the doors close tight, the engine idles smoothly, and the windows work properly. They do mention that the mechanism that holds the hood up is broken, but they have the replacement part and it's included in the sale, so that's mighty nice of them.
Bottom line: this is a neat example of a car with a cult following, so it'll always have some inherent value. It'll certainly be interesting to see where bidding ends up going with four days left in the auction. If you've been looking for a DeLorean, you can certainly do worse than a red one with a manual transmission.
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