The DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as "the DeLorean", as it was the only model ever produced by the company) is a sports car originally manufactured by John DeLorean's DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981 to 1983. The car features gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis, along with external brushed stainless-steel body panels. It became widely known and iconic for its appearance, and a modified DMC-12 was immortalized as the DeLorean time machine in the Back to the Future media franchise.
Founder: John DeLorean
Founded: October 24, 1975, Detroit, MI
Headquarters: Humble, TX
Manufacturer DeLorean Motor Company
Model years 1981–1983
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Northern Ireland: DeLorean Motor Cars Limited (DMCL) Dunmurry
United States: DeLorean Motor Company (DMCH) Houston, Texas
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
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