Founder John DeLorean, former Pontiac chief engineer and the man responsible for the GTO muscle car, started his company in 1974, though production of the DMC didn't begin until 1981 in Belfast, Ireland, in a factory paid for by the British Government. The startling body, actually brushed stainless steel over glass-fibre, made the car look exotic, but it was let down by the bought-in all-alloy V6 jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo. The motor was never developed as a sporty performer and even though it later used Renault Alpine A 310 and A610 in turbocharged form, DeLorean never got that far, making only one prototype twin-turbo car which, ironically, worked very well. A lack of sales caused the company to close just one year after production had started, still with 2,000 cars unsold which were - years later - snapped up by collectors.
DeLorean DMC Specifications
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