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The DeLorean - PRV6

It was in 1981 when John Z. DeLorean challenged the automotive industry when he rolled out his so-called ethical sports car from a state-of-the-art factory in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. The history of DeLorean Motor Co. was daring, turbulent, and disastrous, leaving a lasting stigma on its founder.

DeLorean's legacy as one of General Motors Corp.'s most respected automotive engineers was overshadowed by the U.S. government's charges that DeLorean had trafficked cocaine as a means to finance his fledgling company. Even though he was exonerated from all federal drug charges brought against him, his reputation and credibility were devastated, several of his colleagues abandoned him, and his new company was destroyed. Yet from the tangle a nearly perfect driving machine emerged. 

The powerplant is usually referred to as a PRV6 which is the European version of the Volvo 6-cylinder engine. This engine was developed jointly by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo (hence its name). The basic engine is designated as a Volvo B28F and some parts houses can cross reference parts to this engine. There are some subtle changes to the engine from the stock configuration usually having to do with the attached systems and slight modifications for the reversed mounting. The engine is mated with the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system which generally has a good reputation.

The transmission is a Renault 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. The transmission is often referred to as the Renault Alpine and has been modified slightly to accommodate the reversed rear-engine configuration. The DeLorean uses a servo assisted four-wheel disk brake system. The rotors and pads are standard components.

But what draws most people to the DeLorean has little to do with its power train or suspension. The attraction isn't under the frame; it's in the design. Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design studios in Turin, Italy, was recruited to create a unique look for the new DeLorean.

After receiving the technical specifications for the new model, Giugiaro presented a design that looks as modern today as it did in 1981. The lines of the DMC-12 are no-nonsense and sleek. The car's elegant low profile and swept appearance reference a tradition of classic styling but with Giugiaro's futuristic touch. Even standing still, the DMC-12 appears to be in motion. The body - glass-reinforced plastic with high-quality grade-304 brushed stainless steel skin - sets the car apart from anything else on the road. The paint can't chip or fade, and it's impervious to rust. Some DeLoreans have been painted various colours by owners and by dealers who acquired the cars after DMC went into receivership, but with the exception of two 24-karat gold-plated DMC-12s, all of the cars left the Dunmurry factory with gleaming stainless steel exteriors.

Then why are so few DeLorean DMC-12s on the road?  There are several reasons: One is availability.  Only 8,583 DeLoreans were manufactured in 1981, 1982, and 1983: 6,539, 1,126, and 918, respectively.  Of those, about 6,000 are believed to be in circulation - a few hundred of them outside the United States.  Many have been squirreled away in garages by those interested in the cars' future value; its scarcity makes the DeLorean appealing to those who invest in exotic cars.

The DeLorean is as iconic of an automobile collector’s item as many Marlow Yachts are to yacht enthusiasts. With only so many of each built every year, the value of the classic models holds steady over time

One DeLorean is on display in the Southward Car Museum at Paraparaumu, near Wellington, New Zealand

Many DeLorean websites around for more information, just search for it in some of them:

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