DeLorean: back to the factory

Car maker DeLorean is apparently going back into production to meet soaring demand, 25 years after the last of its stainless-steel sportscars rolled off the production line. It just goes to show the power of '80s nostalgia - DeLorean's popularity is largely down to its DMC coupe which, with its infamous unfinished metal look and gull-wing doors, starred alongside the Peter Pan-like Michael J Fox in the Back to the Future films.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010
The current nine-month waiting list for the cars shows that the children of the '80s now earn far too much cash to resist frittering it on symbols of their childhood. With Star Wars-style space craft still yet to become a reality, imitating Fox's timetravelling DeLorean is the next best thing. We're sure most giddy new owners waste no time in hitting 88mph on a straight road, hoping to emulate his mindbending journey back to 1955. There have, however, been no reports of soaring trade in plutonium.

It's a lucky association for the car, which actually had inglorious origins and a laughably unflattering run. The company was started in 1973 by conman John DeLorean, a man with a silicone-enhanced chin who had previously run a scam to defraud Yellow Pages advertisers. DeLorean built his firm on money squeezed out of stars such as Johnny Cash and Sammy Davis Jnr - as well as the UK taxpayer. Brits forked out a whopping £78m to lure the DeLorean factory to Belfast in 1981 in the hope of creating 2,000 jobs. The company collapsed a year later, having made only 8,500 cars. Perhaps itself an eerie taste of the future of the UK car industry.

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