Back To The Past With A DeLorean

Categories Test Drives, Torque Affair

Who doesn’t love a Delorean?!?

I’m sure some don’t – maybe because of the fact that some people just have to hate something for the only reason that most people love it.  Like, for example, hating The Beatles.  How can anyone hate The Beatles??

As much as people seem to enjoy the DeLorean I do wonder if it would be quite as revered had it never had a starring role in the Back to The Future trilogy.

DMC front angle

It took only a few minutes for me to be standing next to the owner, B.J., of this beautiful DeLorean, when the masses started to gather around like we were a street act auditioning for “America’s Got Talent”.  Just kidding – of course, this didn’t happen.  What did occur, however, were a few compliments thrown out by some folks driving by and screaming out things like “Awesome DeLorean”…

I was surprised that most of these screaming fans appeared to only be kids no more than 16 years old – how do they even know about the DeLorean?!   Did they actually watch Back to the Future?  Perhaps kids these days do appreciate things that go beyond SnapChat and Tinder…

Even after 35 years of existence, the DeLorean still lives strong!   The fact that teenagers today are noticing these DeLoreans might be an indication that these cars will likely be treasured for many decades to come.  Buy one today and thank me when it’s worth millions 30 years from now!

Very few cars grab your attention quite like the DeLorean.  It’s wide and hugs the ground and of course, has a stainless steel body that is impossible to ignore.   You stare at it in awe as it’s driving by because you start thinking….hmm…how do you wash this thing?

It’s actually quite easy.  Grab your dishwashing soap and a sponge and have at it!  Then towel dry.  Of course, this is just a guess.  I’m assuming this works because how is the body any different from your stainless steel pot that you have sitting at home?

After waxing and polishing my cars over the years, I think washing a car with a steel body would be a relief.  Waxing and buffing really sucks.

The Stance

Delorean side profile

This was the first time for me to check out the side profile.  It slopes down and has noticeably larger wheels in the back than in the front.  There is kind of a “drag racer” look to the Delorean.

These are the little things that you don’t immediately realize about a car that you casually glance at every so often – until, you randomly email someone on craigslist and ask them if you can drool over their prized possession in person.

Aftermarket DeLorean parts

One thing I had no idea about this car was how much stuff exists with the DeLorean in the way of aftermarket parts and various “DMC” branded paraphernalia.  Take a look at this backpack B.J. bought.

DMC backpack

He carefully chose aftermarket parts including pedals, the steering wheel and various pieces of upholstery along with many other needed upgrades like cameras.  Believe it or not, the cameras are actually very important because you just can’t see much out of this car.   The visibility is bad and worsened by the fact that once you get inside the car… literally are laying down!

DMC seats

Because of the way this car is designed, once you try to sit down inside the car you realize how reclined the seat is, similar to a lazyboy.

You could tilt the seatback up but then your head might hit the ceiling of the vehicle.  And because of this, be sure that your head isn’t sticking too far up because when you slam the gullwing door down, you might crush your skull!

The gullwing doors were my favorite part of the car as I’m sure it is with most folks.

It’s so cool to be able to enter and exit the car using doors that fly up.   B.J. actually installed an electronic release mechanism so that you can open up the doors just by using the remote which is such a fantastic idea.

When the door opens, you’ll notice these floor mats with giant DMC lettering on it.  It turns out that very few DeLoreans have these original floor mats.


DMC floor mat

Apparently, there was a problem with these mats with the white lettering fading in with the black carpet which resulted in a recall soon after the DeLoreans were sold to customers.  Because the original owner of this car never replaced them, they are still here!   I have to imagine that these original floor mats must be worth a significant amount because I’m sure there are some DeLorean owners thinking..“where the hell can I get those original floor mats?”

Once you’re inside the car, you’ll realize how important the cameras are.  You can’t see much at all.

I suppose there are numerous compromises you have to make when the focus is primarily on the exterior and making it look as futuristic as possible.   This meant having extremely…

tiny windows.

DMC window

I don’t think I ever thought about whether or not you could open the windows on the gull wings but it turns out you can!  There is a small section of the window that you can roll up and down but they’re so small that they are probably only to be used in case of an emergency where you’re feeling so claustrophobic inside the car that you need to stick your head out and puke.

So, how do you roll them down?  By operating one of these humongous buttons.

Huge buttons

These buttons are so wide that they were probably created this way to fill up all that space between the seats.  Or perhaps DeLorean just had big hands and needed massive buttons.

When driving around for a while, we never hit 88 mph and so we weren’t able to do fun stuff like travel back and forth in time.  But, looking at the analog gauge, you’d never know where 88 mph exactly is because the speedometer cuts off at 85 mph.

DMC gauge

Although we didn’t do time traveling of any kind, there are so many things about this car that take you back to 1981 – like this original spare wheel.

DMC original spare wheel

It was like looking at an ancient historic relic that has been carefully preserved over all these years.  It has never been used and B.J. made sure to wrap it up in plastic to keep it in the same condition that it has been for all these years.   The jack stand and tools have never been touched either.  This car has less than 19K miles on it and judging by the condition of the car you can tell that the original owner barely drove it.

Getting gas

For some reason 1981 was the only year of the car where there was a lid you could lift on the front hood to access the gas tank.  For the other years of the car, you had open up the entire hood to get to the tank which is more of a hassle. DMC getting gas

The DeLorean has so many quirks that it’s understandable why it never quite caught on with critics or the general public.  But because of the Back To The Future trilogy, the DeLorean will continue to be one of the most highly desired cars among a select group of people which apparently includes kids born in the late 90s.

I fall into the group of people that love this car and I’m glad to have gotten an opportunity to check out B.J.’s DeLorean.  He has kept it in such great condition that it is actually a better car than his daily driver!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look for a flux capacitor so I can check out the 1600s.







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