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Autotrader Find: 1983 DeLorean DMC-12 with 1,200 Miles

Here’s a blast from the past. It’s a 1983 DeLorean DMC-12 with just 1,200 miles on the odometer. One of the most interesting — if not most unique — vehicles of all time, the DeLorean was conceived by former General Motors engineer John DeLorean, designed by famed Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineered by Lotus founder Colin Chapman. Built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the DeLorean was a 2-seat, midengine, rear-wheel drive sports car known primarily for its unpainted stainless-steel body panels and gullwing doors.

What the DeLorean wasn’t known for was performance. Mounted behind the driver and passenger seats was an underwhelming, French-built 2.85-liter V6 putting out a paltry 130 horsepower and 153 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consisted of a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic. While it was great to look at and came with a fascinating backstory, the DeLorean offered little in the way of acceleration or handling prowess.

Ultimately, due to a variety of factors, the most bizarre of which was John DeLorean’s arrest on drug trafficking charges, the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt at the end of 1982, marking the end of the vehicle’s short run. Altogether, about 9,000 examples of the Delorean DMC-12 were made in total. With only 1,200 miles on the clock, this is certainly one of the most well-preserved examples. It’s also one of the most expensive, with an asking price of $54,990. But that’s the price you’ll pay for one of the most well-kept DeLoreans left in existence. Located in Boalsburg, PA, near State College. Find a DeLorean DMC-12 for sale

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Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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