DeLorean “DMC 12” – 1981
John Z. DeLorean has been one of the most controversial protagonists of the automobile world between the ‘60s and the ‘80s. Top manager, when young, at General Motors in Detroit, he always wished to manufacture a car that would bear his name and his dream came true. After having founded the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) in 1975 in the United States, in 1981 in Ireland he built, thanks to large loans from the English government, the plants where the first DMC 12s were produced. His dream vanished in 1982, when, already overcome by great difficulties and debts collected, DeLorean was even put in jail under the accuse of traffic of cocaine, although untrue.
The car he created, the DMC 12, left a mark among the Grand Touring cars of those years, even though it was fitted with a Peugeot engine that did not guarantee high performances. The chassis, which was designed also with the cooperation of Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars, was fitted with a beautiful gull-wings body, entirely built in brushed steel and designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.