The first "new" DMC-12 in 24 years to be built in Texas

The ill-fated yet iconic DeLorean DMC-12 is back on the market after a 24-year hiatus thanks to the DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas. After selling aftermarket parts and refurbished models for decades, the Texas-based company is finally accepting pre-orders for "new" DMC-12s. The sports car is scheduled to enter production in the first half of 2017 and each car will be built using all-original and acurate reproduction parts.

The new DeLorean Motor Company, which is a separate company that has nothing in common with the original manufacturer, is taking pre-orders on its official website. Prospective owners can register their interest via a no-deposit pre-order form, with specifications to be finalized closer to production. Potential buyers who fill out the form will get priority over the rest of the public when the "new" DMC-12 enters production. Top priority will go to those who currently own or have owned an original car, given they can prove it by providing documentation and the car’s VIN.

2017 will bring the first "new" DeLoreans since 1982 and it’s expected that the company has enough spare parts to build at least 300 DMC-12s. The Texas-based firm owns more than 99 percent of DeLorean’s original factory stock, along with technical drawings and blueprints, which should increase production should there be enough demand. Pricing is not yet official, but word has it a "new" DMC-12 would cost more than $80,000. For reference, original examples can fetch between $30,000 to $45,000 depending on their condition.

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Why it matters

The revival of the DMC-12 is definitely great news for automotive enthusiasts and fans of the "Back to the Future" film trilogy. The new DeLorean Motor Company is bringing one of the most iconic sports cars ever created back to life, and the fact that it does so using original parts makes it even better. However, the original DMC-12 had several flaws and its drivetrain wasn’t as powerful as DoLorean imagined it, and hopefully the new builder will take care of that. Especially given the pricey sticker that will make the "new" DMC-12 almost as expensive as a Porsche 911 Carrera. Still, the fact that we can buy a newly-built DeLorean is awesome and speaks volumes of the car’s popularity, despite its short-lived career in the early 1980s.

Source: DeLorean

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