When the DeLorean came out in 1981 it was a head turner and at the time it was like nothing else on the road. The gull wing doors, stainless steel body panels and rear engine design were pretty trick and set the DeLorean apart from its competitors. Unfortunately though for DeLorean the car had one very big flaw – it was terrible. Upon release to the public the DeLorean looked like it was going 100 mph while standing still. This was a good thing, because in the event that you actually tried to hit that speed you would have found yourself waiting around for a while. Power came from a Renault sourced 2.6 V6 that produced 135 hp. So whereas DeLorean claimed a top speed of around 130 mph, in reality it would really only top out at just over 100 mph. Like I said, it was terrible.
Fast forward 25 years – the DeLorean Motor Company was purchased by a gentleman named Steve Wynn who now re-manufactures old cars into shining new examples that can be purchased by the general public for around $57,000. One of these new examples was recently brought down to Jay Leno’s Garage where Jay gave the car a good once over, took it for a spin and then proceeded to say some very kind words about a car that didn’t deserve them. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage