On January 16, 1998 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, a pre-production DeLorean sold at no reserve to an as yet unidentified bidder for $14,000 USA. Though advertised as a prototype, it's generally considered to be a pre-production car because of the use of the Lotus style chassis and Volvo motor. The prototypes created by Bill Collins had tan interiors, full length knee pad in the interior, slightly different wheels, and four cylinder motors.
According to Bob Rodriguez from the Blackhawk Museum , who consigned the car to be auctioned, it was acquired at the DMC bankruptcy auction in 1984 in essentially the same condition as the pictures show. It had been in and out of the museum and storage ever since.
The car was running, but had an idle problem which necessitated that it been pushed ingloriously onto the auction block. The nature of the car would indicate that it should be in a private collection or museum, it's just not designed to be a "driver".
The pre-production car at the auction also featured the sliding windows like the Bill Collins prototype, but had an interior much more similar to the actual production car. Significant differences between this car and the production car are noted on each page linked below.
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