Howdy folks and greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!
I was reading an article about a Texas company that is ready to start selling the famous DeLorean cars and thought it was so interesting that I wanted to share the story.
The story is great because it's about a regular working guy, a mechanic, who started his own repair shop and ended up being the owner of DeLorean!
In case you aren't familiar with the car, here's what the stainless steel beauties look like:
The car was made in 1981 and made famous when the Hollywood movie Back To The Future came out in 1985. Remember that one starring Micheal J. Fox?
They made four of those movies at last count, maybe more. lol. But anyway it made the DeLorean more famous as the movie franchise grew.
Ok, so now you know how it became a cultural pop icon. There were actually very few of them sold. Only about 9,000 cars worldwide.
They were manufactured in a factory in Belfast, Ireland. In fact I think sir @blanchy has one in his garage. It's how he gets to so many places so fast and no one knows how! The guy is everywhere. lol.
They were only in production for one year and then the company's founder, John DeLorean, ran into legal problems and had to declare bankruptcy. So you had all these movies being made at a time when millions of these cars could have been sold but instead no one could find one. (except @blanchy)
A DeLorean specialist in the making
Back in the 70's there was a young mechanic in Liverpool, England by the name of Stephen Wynne. He started working on cars that had the same engines that the DeLoreans would later have.
He moved to the United States in 1980 and when the DeLoreans came out he started working on them in his shop because no one else knew about the engines.
Well, he became a specialist in repair and restoration of the DeLorean and built a successful business doing that. He also ordered parts all the time from the supplier in Belfast who still had a warehouse full.
A huge gamble
Finally in the 90's he decided to purchase the entire defunct DeLorean brand and all the parts. They had everything. Engines, the gull-wing doors, everything. Enough to make 30,000 brand new cars! This was a bold move on his part and many people thought he was crazy.
Here's the visionary owner Stephen Wynne:
He set his business up in a combination repair shop and warehouse in Humble, Texas which is a suburb of Houston. It took 85 semi trailer loads to bring all the parts to his shop. And also a few years to set up the legal stuff but he's now ready to start producing the new cars with his 100 employees.
The car will be made with all original parts except the electrical system will have modern wiring which is more reliable. The engines are not compliant for today's strict pollution controls but in 2015 Congress passed a law that gives classic car and small volume replica car makers permission to do so without modern regulations.
Here's brand new DeLoreans lined up in the parking lot in the Humble facility:
I know that sounds bad but they only plan to make 100 cars per year so that's not going to affect anything. They sold for $26,000 back in 1981 and now the price will be over $100,000. So far they haven't officially started selling them but they were supposed to start in January of this year.
When they announced the availability of these cars they immediately had a waiting list of 5,000 people! I think I'll get me on that list. I always wanted a stainless steel car, how about you guys? Is it worth a hundred grand?
Thanks for reading folks, God bless you all!
the gentleman redneck
PS- ya know....you might just be a redneck if:
You can eat a whole bag of black licorice and your teeth don't look