There have been plenty of cars that have been made famous, thanks to their role in various Hollywood blockbusters. Few have such a strange history as the DeLorean DMC-12. By the time it was featured in Back to the Future, production had already been stopped for a couple of years, and only around 8,500 were ever completed and put on the road. But soon, that number is actually going to start increasing.
You might wonder why, after all the popularity of Back to the Future, that no one thought to start producing the DMC-12 again. Well, there has been a big legal hurdle to producing a car that was originally designed in the 1980’s. Namely, the safety requirements have changed over the last 35 years. If someone wanted to start rolling these bad boys off the assembly line, they would have needed to completely overhaul the entire design to meet today’s standards.
Thankfully, last year the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 had a clause in it that allowed for the production of replica cars that don’t meet current safety standards. The only caveat is that the company cannot produce more than 325 such cars per year. And the cars still need to meet EPA emissions standards. Which means that the DMC-12 will need a new engine.
With that in mind, DeLorean Motor Company will begin producing the cars this year. They still haven’t worked out what engine they will use, but it’s a safe bet that it’ll have more power than the old Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 did in the original cars. The pricing won’t be set until they figure out the engine, but they’re hoping to keep the cost under $100,000 when they start rolling off the line.