Production to restart on iconic Back To The Future DeLorean in 2017

Production to restart on iconic Back To The Future DeLorean in 2017

The iconic DeLorean car made famous in the Back To The Future films of the 80s and 90s is to head back into production for 2017, it has been announced.

But fans of the classic gullwing motor, which was driven through time by Marty McFly in the movies, will have to shell out around $100,000, or just over £75,000, for a new model.

The DeLorean Motor Company was bought by American Stephen Wynne in 1987 after production ceased at the firm’s factory in Northern Ireland.

It was relocated to Houston, in Texas, where it continued supplying parts to drivers of the car all over the world, though US legislation has prevented production restarting.

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But a change to the law surrounding crash-test standards for low-volume automakers means that the DeLorean, also known as the DMC-12, can now start to roll off production lines once again.

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 Throughout 2017, the company is aiming to build one car a month, with manufacturing rates eventually reaching one car a week, it has been announced.

While production targets are yet to be outlined, it was previously revealed that the company has enough spare parts to build 300 brand-new motors.

Mr Wynne called the game-changing announcement “fantastic”, adding that it meant that DeLorean could now return as a car company once again.

He said that the new models could eventually be sold for $100,000, depending on which engine the cars are eventually given.

Estimates suggest that a renovated DeLorean will set drivers back by half as much at around $50,000.

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The car was the brainchild of John DeLorean, who founded the company after leaving his job at General Motors.

On October 21 last year, a group of experts from Queen’s University Belfast unveiled an electrical version of the DMC-12 to coincide with the original date that Marty McFly went Back To The Future.

The first film, which was released in 1985, saw Doc Brown turn the DeLorean into a time machine to travel back to 1955.

Two further sequels, both featuring the DMC-12, were released in 1989 and 1990, helping to cement the car’s status as a big-screen icon.

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