DeLorean DMC12 classic car could auction for '$37,656' in UK
Time travel, bankruptcy and drug trafficking helped seal this DeLorean DMC12 classic car's legend
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Thursday 15 March 2012
It doesn't have a Flux Capacitor, but that won't stop collectors vying for a chance to own this classic 1981 DeLorean DMC12 car when it auctions in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK, on April 19.
The DMC-12 is a recurring star at the world's top classic car auctions. First and foremost, the car has one of the most unique designs of the 1980s with its stainless steel bodywork and futuristic gull-wing doors. The car was powered by a 130 bhp Peugeot-Renault-Volvo engine.
Collectors and historians also remain fascinated by the controversial legacy of the DMC-12's creator, entrepreneur John DeLorean.
After a period of massive hype and mixed reviews, production of the DMC-12 had spluttered to a halt by 1982. The company faced bankruptcy then, in October of that year, John DeLorean was arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Then came the classic Back To The Future movie trilogy, in which teenager Marty McFly (played by Michael J Fox) travels back and forth in time in a modified DeLorean time machine (powered by the famous fictional "Flux Capacitor").
Back To The Future remains so popular among film collectors and buffs that a faithful replica of the film series' iconic DeLorean car time machine once auctioned for $112,920.
So, how much could an original classic 1981 DeLorean DMC12 car set you back? The example auctioning this Monday has the iconic DeLorean polished aluminium bodywork and grey trim colour, and carries a £20,000-24,000 ($37,656) pre-sale estimate.
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