DeLorean DMC-12 Debuts In "Back To The Future" - 07/03/1985

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John DeLorean’s iconic concept car is memorable transformed into one of the most memorable time travel device. In 1985 the comedy film named Back to the Future, was released into the theaters across the United States, the film was released on the 3rd of July 1985. The film was directed Robert Zemeckis and was stared by Michael J Fox. Michael J Fox played the role of a teenager named Marty McFly who travelled thorough a time travel machine. Marty finds himself 30 years back into the past. The time machine is invented by the Zany scientist’s names Doc brown (a role played by Christopher Lloyd). The amazing creation of Doc is made up of an amazing collection, which includes a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car that is outfitted with a nuclear reactor. The car is super-fast, and once it reaches the speed 88 miles per hour, the reactor that is powered by plutonium, is able to achieve a power level of 1.21 gig watts. The power is sufficient enough to make time travelling possible. 

Marty after traveling through time finds him in 1955, there he stumbles into his parents: Crispin Glover and Leah Thompson. Marty manages to keep his parents from meeting hence putting his own very existence into jeopardy. Delorean is a veteran of the Packard Motor Company and also the General Motors. John DeLorean is also the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company that is based in Detroit. The company was started in the year 1975; this was to pursue his dream of making a futuristic sports car. He finally managed to set up a factory in Dunmore located near Belfast in Northern Ireland. DeLorean was able to build his iconic sports the DMC-12 that was simply known as the DeLorean. The DMC-12 had gull wing doors and was angular in shape and unpainted steel body. The car also had a rear mounted engine. The DeLorean was also designed in a way to consider tall drivers; this was the case, because John was very tall standing at 6 feet high. The car was made to have a roomy interior compared to most sports cars in the market hence able to accommodate tall drivers. 

Though the car was made in Europe in Northern Ireland, the target market for the car was majorly the Americans. So it was built with the driver’s seat strategically located on the left hand side of the vehicle. The company ran out of money in 1982 and had managed to hit a production scale of 9000 vehicles and out the 9000 vehicles, about 6500 vehicles of the same model are still in existence. DeLorean had a short life span, but still remains one of the greatest interest to car collectors. The car had an impressive smashing success in the film Back to the Future and the sequels of the film also that were later released in the years 1989 and 1990. John DeLorean died at the age of 80 in the year 2005 on March.

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