American car boss John Z. DeLorean persuaded the British government to invest £100 million to build a new sports car in a development zone near Belfast, in Northern Ireland. The Giugiaro designed DMC-12 had gullwing doors, stainless steel clad glass reinforced plastic body and a Lotus-designed chassis with a Renault V6.
The first cars rolled off the line in January 1981. Sales were dismal; by late 1982 only 9,000 DMC-12's had been completed. DeLorean was also fending off criminal convictions and his reputation sank. The British government lost faith and receivership forced the factory to close. This car is a careful recreation of the car from the "Back to the Future" films. The dashboard is signed by 'Doc Brown' actor Christopher Lloyd.