During the summer at a local car show I spotted this fine example of the infamous and iconic DMC-12 designed by John Zachary DeLorean in 1975.
Main design features of the car were its gull-wing doors and its distinctive stainless steel bodywork left unpainted.
John DeLorean who had worked his way up through the US motor industry and became the youngest ever executive of General Motors founded the DeLorean Motor Company on October 1975. Initial investment came from loans from the Bank of America and private loans from TV personalities and enterainers like Johnny Carson,Sammy Davis Jr and Roy Clark.DeLorean also thought by building a factory to produce these cars in a country with high unemployment further financial investents could be gained.
The british government keen to create jobs in Northern Ireland and reduce sectarian violence stepped in and offered $120 million of the $200 million start up cost to build the factory in Dunmurray in Belfast.
The first cars began to roll off the assemblyline in early 1981 but due to a number of factors like poor build quality of the early models,distribution costs and cash flow problems,production stopped the following year and the factory closed having just produced a total of around 9000 models.
In a last ditch attempt to raise money for the ailing company Delorean was filmed by undercover FBI agents trying to do a drugs deal but was later aquitted of the charges on the basis of entrapment.
Probably the most famous claim to fame of this car was when it appeared in the film Back to the Future as the time machine invented by eccentric scientist Doctor Emmet Brown.
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pajaran (59483) 2013-10-01 3:45
Interesantan i dobar tekst o automobilu, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan prednji deo automobila, lepe boje.
Velika je kriza u automobilskoj industriji, ima automobila, nema kupaca.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article on the car, with the given data ...
Good work, well shown the front of the car, pretty colors.
The great crisis in the automotive industry, there are cars, there are no buyers.
Have a great and successful day, all the best.
adramad (44804) 2013-10-01 8:01
Superb perspective you've captured this car, thanks to the good information of note, we value much more this great picture, superb car that I never saw.
Very well done.
A superb management of the brightness, sharpness is also perfect to enjoy it, along the beautiful color.
Have a good day.
Noel_Byrne (30471) 2013-10-01 8:49
Surely one of Belfasts most iconic exports, these cars still turn heads, and you know if it were not for the sorry tale of the company I think they would not be as noticeable as they are! Although BTTF did help of course. Beautiful shot of this fine model, still retaining its charming glory from all those years ago. Nice to see them still in use. I still remember that film footage of the yard with hundreds of them lined up just after the plant closed down. I wonder where they all went?
All the best
ktanska (27328) 2013-10-01 11:31
Oh this classic gives me wide smile. And those movies too! A pity that this was on a tight parking lot as I'm sure you would have liked to take some shots also from other angles. But low, close and wide angle works for sure.
ourania (44276) 2013-10-01 12:14
thought I didn't know anything about this car but I've watched (and liked) the Back to the Future films:) I like the closeness and dynamism of your composition and the way you've adjusted the framing to emphasize them. The details are few but eye-catching. The backdrop is interesting, the partial view of other cars make the DMC look attractive and important. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
mcmtanyel (21810) 2013-10-01 20:44
Don't laugh, but I have a Hot Wheels version of the Back to the Future car. Now, I am going to guess that the leftmost brown car is a Ford Capri. Am I right?
ikeharel (69773) 2013-10-02 0:45
This was a unique and special car model, Arthur, built ahead of it's future - to my opinion.
Fine shot up on the hood, that's one impressive side of this car, the other impressive element for this car exist under the hood.
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-10-02 4:08
Dear Arthur, you show in that post an old model of car from the 80's, nice pov from front face, high definition and colors, explanative note about it, all the best
claudeD (38090) 2013-10-02 8:32
very good contribution to TE showing this interesting De Lorean. Very fine and interesting note.Perfect sharpness and well choosen low pov.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Cricri (117853) 2013-10-02 11:47
Bon gros plan et un cadrage précis, détails et forme intéressante de cette ancienne voiture
Royaldevon (37927) 2013-10-08 1:09
Ha!Ha! Arthur, I only associate this car with the film! You don't actually realise what good adverts films can be! Yes, what a pity they have gone! I wonder where!
Your photograph leaves us in no doubt about its style and shape. The close-up gives the car character; it is almost threatening with its nose-to-nose arrogance!
Have a great day,
macjake (67012) 2013-10-11 18:22
great post for TE!
I really enjoyed the note too, i had no idea he as actually folled by the FBI.
certainly not the best car for reliability, and even the final design is questionable...what can't be questioned is the creativity of the design and at least give Delorean credits for thinking outside the box.
not too many of these left. great post
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