You can now reserve a spot for a 'new' DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean Motor Company has announced that people who are interested in ordering one of its 'new' DMC-12 cars can now put their name on a waiting list.
Thanks to a new law passed in December 2015, companies can produce limited numbers of replicas based on vehicles built more than 25 years ago. This has opened the opportunity for DMC to build some 'new' versions of its classic car.
Prospective owners can now fill out an application to be put on a reservation list for the car. It's a non-binding contract, though, because the final cost and list of standard and optional features is yet to be finalised.
Made famous by the Back to the Future movies, the DMC-12 was the only car ever built by DeLorean. It was notorious for its poor build quality and unimpressive performance capabilities, but it became a bona fide cult classic nevertheless.
The car was built between 1981 and 1983, and the company was liquidated soon after, following a huge slump in the American car market. The name was resurrected by a British entrepreneur in 1995, who bought the trademark.
The company restores and builds cars using original stock and built-to-order replacement parts. And now it is building 300 cars from scratch as part of the low-volume production legislation.
A recent blog post announced that chassis development was slightly behind schedule because of supplier bottlenecks. However, once the new chassis is finished it will also be available to owners of existing cars who want to upgrade their vehicle.
The first DeLorean DMC-12 replicas are expected to be delivered to customers in early 2017, costing about $100,000 each.