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Autotrader Find: Bright Red DeLorean with 1,700 Miles

Here’s a bright red DeLorean listed for sale on Autotrader. This is unusual because the DeLorean was made out of stainless steel — and all were left unpainted from the factory. But many DeLorean models have been painted over the years, and this is one of them: a 1981 DeLorean with just 1,700 miles that was painted bright red by the selling dealer back when it was a new car.

This 1981 DeLorean is offered for sale by Garage Kept Motors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which has a fantastic inventory — and this car is certainly worthy of inclusion. It would be special if it were just a red DeLorean, but the low mileage is the real kicker, as few DeLorean models have been preserved this nicely.

According to the ad, this DeLorean was painted red by Hub Ford in Atlanta, Georgia who then displayed the DeLorean in its showroom as promotional item. It was sold to the first real owner in 1987 with just 200 miles, and then driven sparingly, before a comprehensive restoration in 2013. Now it’s offered with 1,671 miles and the red paint that it was given back when it was a new car by the original dealer.

Obviously, this DeLorean is big money, and Garage Kept Motors is asking $42,900 for it — an expensive figure for a DeLorean. But this is likely one of the nicest DeLorean models around — and its bright red paint job is sure to turn heads even beyond what you’d get in a regular, unpainted DeLorean.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Heresy! Pure Blasphemy! Those heathens need to be smited!

    But then again, If I owned a DMC-12 I’d LS swap it to get it the power it deserves, Let’s hope the NEW Delorean  has a proper engine, Decent suspension and transmission.

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