Historic Information - Summary
The DeLorean automobile was manufactured in Dunmurray, Northern Ireland (just six miles from downtown Belfast) from the beginning of 1981 through the end of 1982 by the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC). There were about 9,200 of the unique cars manufactured during that period of which most are well preserved today (see the research results on DMC production chronology). Although there was a limited number of cars manufactured, their durable construction and reliance on standard parts (aside from the body) make the car readily maintainable and there is currently no difficulty in finding most replacement parts when necessary.
The most unique features of the cars include the stainless steel exteriors, which require no paint and were therefore left unpainted, and the gull-wing doors. This unique design gives the car a futuristic look that is probably best identified with the popular "Back to the Future" movies starring Michael J. Fox.
There was much controversy about the close of the auto company and the ensuing drug related conspiracy charges brought against the companys founder John Z. DeLorean. The charges brought against Mr. DeLorean were dismissed on grounds for entrapment and, aside from 10 days spent raising sufficient bail, Mr. DeLorean served no prison time.