We’re excited to announce a new micro exhibit of two DeLorean automobiles here at the AACA Museum, Inc. One is the very FIRST DeLorean DMC-12 Prototype 1 car from 1976 and the other is a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Coupe production model. Having the two available side by side gives you the opportunity to see the differences and enjoy a double dose of these iconic automobiles!
The Prototype DeLorean (1976)
This iconic vehicle came directly from working on a movie set about the life of John DeLorean, being played by Alec Baldwin, and scheduled for release later in 2018 for XYZ Films. In October 1976, the first prototype DeLorean DMC-12 was completed by American Automotive Chief Engineer William T. Collins, formerly employed at Pontiac. Initially, the car was intended to have a centrally-mounted Wankel rotary engine. The engine selection was reconsidered when Comotor production ended, and the favored engine became Ford’s “Cologne V6.” Eventually, the French/Swedish PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) fuel injected V6 was selected. Also, the engine location moved from the mid-engined location in the prototype to a rear-engined installation in the production car. The chassis was initially planned to be produced for a new and untested manufacturing technology known as elastic reservoir moulding (ERM), which would lighten the car while presumably lowering its production costs. DeLorean required $175 million to develop and build his motor company. The prototype helped convince Hollywood celebrities such as Jonny Carson and Sammy Davis, Jr. to invest in the firm.
The DeLorean DMC-12 Coupe (1981)
The body design of the DMC-12 was a product of Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italy Design and is paneled in brushed SS304 stainless steel. Except for three cars plated in 24-carat gold, all DMC-12s left the factory uncovered by paint or clear coat. Painted DeLoreans do exist, although these were all painted after the cars were purchased from the factory. Several hundred DMCs were produced without stainless panels, for training workers, and are referred to as “black cars” or “mules,” in reference to their black fiberglass panels instead of stainless. These were never marketed.
The DeLorean automobile became widely-known and iconic for its appearance as a vehicular time machine in the Back to the Future franchise and also in the Wedding Singer movie. The one on view is a five-speed manual transmission car with approximately 500 miles on the odometer.
These vehicles are both on loan to the Museum courtesy of Kenneth D. Ullman of Gulf Coast Motor Works. We’re grateful to have them to share with our visitors for the next few months and expect them to be on view through April 30, 2018.
Visitors to the AACA Museum, Inc. can also enjoy several other featured exhibits. Our primary featured display is “Getting the Job Done: Vehicles That Earned Their Keep” highlights a diverse variety of vehicles created for specific jobs and business purposes. Our new Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery is home to three award-winning Corvettes as we showcase a special exhibit curated by The National Corvette Restorers Society. From mid-November through December the Museum is decked out for the holidays with dozens of themed trees, Grinch scavenger hunt, model trains and more for our annual Cars & Christmas celebration which includes a food and toy drive. We are proud to be an official collection location for Toys for Tots and to be collecting non-perishable food and personal care items for The Central PA Food Bank.