Frequently Asked Questions
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General questions about the car
Do these cars come in any other color?
All DeLoreans left the factory with unpainted stainless steel body panels. There was some experimentation into creating colored DeLoreans, but that technology never made it to production cars. All painted DeLoreans were done privately.
Where was the DeLorean made?
The DeLorean was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The factory was built by the DeLorean Motor Company in the late 1970′s.
How many cars were built?
Although the exact number is unknown, the general consensus is that roughly 8,500 DeLoreans were produced from 1981-1983. This figure doesn’t count cars like the prototypes and test vehicles.
How many are still left?
Again, there is no exact number. It is estimated that about 6,000 to 6,500 DeLoreans are known and documented.
What type of metal is the outer panels made of?
Grade 304 Stainless Steel
What’s under the body panels?
All of the stainless steel body panels bolt directly onto a fiberglass underbody. This fiberglass shell then bolts to an epoxy-coated steel frame.
Is John DeLorean still in prision?
No. John DeLorean was arrested in September 1982, and after a long trial was acquitted of all charges in 1984. John DeLorean passed away in 2005.
Must be tough getting it fixed if you ding a panel?
All of the panels on the DeLorean bolt on and off, so replacing or fixing a panel is quick and easy.
How much does a DeLorean cost?
Depending on the quality, condition, and milage of the car, a DeLorean costs between $20,000 to $40,000.
How much does it weigh?
The DeLorean weighs in at 2,800 lbs. By comparison, a Mazda Miata weighs 2,100 lbs., and a brand-new Corvette weighs 3,100 lbs.
Why did the company fail?
The reasons are too long and in-depth to answer here. To summarize, DeLorean funded most of the car through the British government, who loaned him millions to build the factory and the car. There were many reasons that caused the collapse, but ultimately the Britain rescinded the loan, there wasn’t enough capital for DeLorean to continue to build cars.
Technical & Mechanical Questions
Are there still parts available?
There are an abundance of parts which are readily available. In addition, new replacement parts are being manufactured to keep the cars running strong and reliably. Most parts today are available through the DeLorean Motor Company, and there are many local businesses that cater to DeLorean owners, like DeLorean Parts Northwest.
Are they hard to maintain?
The DeLorean is actually a very simple car mechanically. The vehicle’s straight-forward construction means the car is incredibly easy to service and maintain.
What type of frame is on a DeLorean?
X-Frame. To help prevent rusting, the chassis was coated with an epoxy. This proved to be a good short-term solution. Now there are companies that are offering a full stainless-steel frame, which will last much longer and cause the car to dramatically increase in value.
How is the performance?
Since the DeLorean was designed to be a grand-touring car, the performance was not the original selling point, and therefore lacking. There was a twin-turbo option in development during production, but those plans fell through when the company closed. Today, there are many aftermarket options offered to boost the DeLorean’s power, from bolt-on additions to full engine swaps.
What type of suspension is on a DeLorean?
Lotus was hired to engineer the suspension for the final production version of the DeLorean. The suspension is an all-independant spring & shock assembly.
About The Club
How long has the club been around?
The Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club has been around since 1983. Originally founded by Greg McDonald & Arnie Brandon, the club has since grown to become one of the largest and most established clubs in the world. You can read more about the history of the club here.
Are there a lot of DeLoreans in the Northwest?
As a matter of fact, there are. The club knows of about 100-150 DeLoreans in the northwest region alone. There may be a few elusive cars out there, but even this number is very healthy.
How many members are in the club?
As of 2014, PNDC has about 100 members.
How can I get more information?
Feel free to contact anyone of our board members. Any of us would be happy to give away as much information about the club as you want.
Any local shops that can service & repair a DeLorean?
The local Northwest branch of the DeLorean Motor Company is located in Bellevue WA. They have a full service and repair facility, as well as access to all the parts and resources of the DeLorean Motor Company. Visit the site here.