Sunday 25 September 2016

Back to the future for the DeLorean

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

The DeLorean was the ‘time machine’ car used in the Back to the Future movies. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The DeLorean was the ‘time machine’ car used in the Back to the Future movies. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The DeLorean DMC-12, made famous in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy, is set to literally come back to the future.

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The car has been out of production for 34 years but is set to be brought back from the dead - although without a flux capacitor.

About 9,000 DMC-12s were sold during their original run and there is thought to be about 6,500 still in existence.

Production of the iconic motor took place in Northern Ireland between 1981 and 1982 in a factory located in Dunmurry, between Lisburn and Belfast.

The DeLorean Motor Company is planning to build about four cars a month, according to CEO, Stephen Wynne, who told local television station KPRC2 in Houston, Texas, of the plans to start production again.

The original company went bankrupt in 1982, but was re-established in 1995 by Wynne.

The new cars will cost around $100,000 when they go on sale in 2017.

Irish Independent

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