Made famous by Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 was certainly one of the most unique vehicles ever made. Production began on the car in 1981 under the designs of former GM executive John DeLorean. DeLorean Motor Company was struggling financially during these years, so DeLorean resorted to selling cocaine as a way to save his company. In a move that couldn’t possibly be more '80s, the FBI busted DeLorean for agreeing to a $25 million cocaine deal on video. He was arrested in 1982, and though he was acquitted in 1984, his company closed down in 1983.
A few neat facts
• The body is made from food-grade stainless steel. The owners manual says the best way to clean up those fingerprint smudges, a scotch-brite pad and gasoline!
• The “12” in DMC-12 was actually its intended price, $12,000. After all was said and done the actual MSRP was closer to $25,000.
• You can still buy a brand-new DMC-12 made in Texas from original factory parts. This will cost you around $65,000
• DeLorean’s personal finances took a toll in the wake of DMC’s collapse, and by 2000, he had no choice but to sell his 400+ acre estate in New Jersey. It was purchased by Donald Trump, who then turned it into Trump National Golf Club :/