The DMC DeLorean (commonly referred to simply as a "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, or DMC, for the American market from
model years 1981 through 1983. The car, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, stood
out for its gull-wing doors and brushed stainless-steel outer body panels, as
well as an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis.
Initially, it became widely known for its disappointing lack of power and
performance, which didn't match the expectations created by its looks and price
tag, but later – after 1985 – the DeLorean became iconic for its appearances as
the time machine in the Back to the Future media franchise.
Throughout production, which began on January 21, 1981, the car was generally unchanged although minor features and parts of the car were changed, such as the hood style and wheels. Over the course of about 24 months spanning three model years, about 9,000 DeLoreans were made before production halted in early 1983.
In 2007, about 6,500 DeLorean cars were thought to still exist.
In 1995, Stephen Wynne, a British entrepreneur from Liverpool, created a separate company based in Texas using the "DeLorean Motor Company" name. Wynne acquired the trademark on the stylized "DMC" logo shortly thereafter, along with the remaining parts inventory of the original DeLorean Motor Company. The company builds new cars at its suburban Humble, Texas location from new old stock (NOS) parts, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and reproduction parts on a "made to order" basis using existing vehicle identification number (VIN) plates.