16 - 17 January 2020
Lot 209

1982 DeLorean DMC-12


$44,800 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
  • Offered from a private collection
  • Single ownership; less than 6,900 miles from new
  • Modified with BAE turbocharger
  • Desirable five-speed manual transmission
  • Accompanied by original window sticker and copy of certificate of origin

John Z. DeLorean quickly rose through the ranks at GM, becoming the youngest head of a GM division (Pontiac) at only 40 and eventually reaching a vice president level. However, his flashy lifestyle did not fit with the conservative culture of GM’s upper management. Seeing the presidency was likely out of reach, DeLorean left GM in 1973. A talented engineer and salesman, DeLorean set out to pursue his dream of building his own sports car. Enter the DeLorean Motor Company.

Manufactured in Northern Ireland, the DMC-12 was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign. It features an iconic design with distinctive gull-wing doors and outer body panels of brushed stainless steel. The chassis and suspension were largely based upon the Lotus Esprit. It was powered by the PRV 173 cu. in. V-6 engine. The DeLorean DMC-12 was built from 1981 to 1983, during which time it is estimated some 9,000 examples were produced.

This 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 arrived in the United States at the Long Beach, California, port of entry. It was shipped and sold through Tonkin Gran Turismo in Portland, Oregon. The V-6 engine was modified with a turbocharger by BAE and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The DeLorean rides on factory wheels with Goodyear NCT HR60 radial tires. The interior is finished in Gray and features bucket seats, power windows, and air-conditioning. An Auto Meter turbo boost gauge is the only interior modification, tastefully installed in the console. The car retains its factory DMC radio with cassette. The front trunk has ample storage and houses a spare. The DeLorean is accompanied by copies of its certificate of origin and dealership receipt, its original window sticker, owner’s manual in pouch, and promotional pamphlet.

With single ownership from new, this DeLorean DMC-12 is a true time capsule, having covered less than 6,900 miles from new.