Starting price was $150,000 and eBayers weren’t having it

As a fan of the Back to the Future franchise, I can’t think of any other movie car that I want to own more than the DeLorean. I might even pay good money for one provided that it’s in great working condition. Imagine my surprise then when I chanced upon this beauty while doing my weekly browse through eBay. It’s a 1983 DeLorean that reportedly has just 156 miles in it. It also still has its original tires and has a rich history of its own. Oh, and it’s gold-plated too. Yep. Gold-plated. In some ways, it’s a car that’s too good to be true. Then I noticed how much the owner wants to sell it and, well, yeah, it was too good to be true.

For the record, the owner wants $150,000 for the car. On the surface, it looks to be a fair price for a 24-karat gold-plated car that also has an intriguing amount of history behind it. But I went ahead and did a little research on past DeLoreans that have been sold, that $150,000 price tag suddenly became way too overpriced. I understand the things that make it unique, but in my head, I’m not interested in the 24-karat gold as much as I am in the car itself. And when I started making comparisons, it became a little clearer why nobody actually bid on this particular example of the DeLorean when it was being offered on eBay. I still love the car and love the history that makes it as unique as it is. But do I love it enough to spend $150,000 for it? Not really.

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Do some research before you decide to splurge

Nobody on eBay Wanted this 1983 DeLorean Plated in 24k Gold High Resolution Exterior
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It’s one of the most important rules when buying over the Internet. Research. Research. Research.

I put in the work after seeing the eBay posting and realized that the exact same model is actually listed in Hemmings, regarded as the world’s largest collector car marketplace. It was interesting to see the exact same car posted along with a number of other DeLoreans that are currently for sale.

I went ahead and did a little research on past DeLoreans that have been sold, that $150,000 price tag suddenly became way too overpriced

One, in particular, is only being sold for $32,500, though to be fair, it does have 9,200 miles on its odometer. Another model of the DeLorean only has 879 actual miles on it, but there’s no specific price attached to it, only the always scary “Inquire” reminder for those who are interested. Far and away the most expensive of the units being sold is the exact same one that’was posted on eBay a few days ago. it didn’t attract any bids for reasons that are clear in my head.

Nobody on eBay Wanted this 1983 DeLorean Plated in 24k Gold High Resolution Interior
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Nobody on eBay Wanted this 1983 DeLorean Plated in 24k Gold High Resolution Exterior
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I’m not paying that much for a DeLorean even if gold is coming out of exhausts. I understand the urge to have been different with the car and I even understand why the asking price is so high considering the amount of 34-karat gold that was used in. but I’ve always been of the rationale that too much of something is just as bad as nothing having anything in the first place.

I love the car. I love the fact that it’s gold-plated. But I don’t love it enough to spend $150,000. Turns out, I’m not the only one either.

References

DeLoren DMC 12

DeLorean Will Restart Production In 2017
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Source: Ebay

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