Why should a DeLorean be respected?

Sick children from our local hospital had the time of their life when they were taken for a ride in one of the most exotic and exclusive cars in the world joining a special event called ‘Pk’s voor Kids’. All participating cars at ‘PK voor Kids’ provide a child that is treated in our local hospital with a seat so they are able to forget their sorrows for a day.

How could they not when they get a ride in one of the three participating Bugatti Veyrons worth over 1 million Euros and packed with a 1000 horse power engine each? Or a rare, recently produced Porsche 918 Spider, worth over 700 thousand Euros holding a 600 horse power engine with a double exhaust at eye level? Yeah, kids got to love it; who doesn’t like a bright yellow Ferrari or a big black muscle car growling like a tiger that is about to attack. I mean I’ve seen them, I stood there in the crowd myself waving at the kids and taking pictures of the cars, it was great!

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Yet, after I’ve seen most of them shining like a pearl, there was just that one car that really impressed me, even long after it’s attendance; the one and only DeLorean DMC-12, grey as a mouse with sallow steel panels instead of a fancy paint job like the others, hidden between a boring black Jaguar XKR and a dark green 1950 Aston Martin DB2 that was taking all the attention even though it was driving just two cars in front of the rare Porsche 918.

So why should that sallow looking DeLorean be respected? For some people probably just a rhetorical question, for others a valuable moment of education. My room-mate for instance, called it “Ugly”. My goodness, yes, it is ugly! I mean if it wasn’t ugly it could not have been beautiful because of its ugliness, yet ‘ugly’ can never be the first thing thats comes to mind when someone brings up the word DeLorean.

There’s a chance you might just need to see it in real life before you realize what just touched the ground with four wheels because I don’t think it will make a big impression on you when I say only 8583 were made in only three production years and that it got famous by starring as Doc’s Time-machine in the Hollywood trilogy Back to the Future. No, trust me, the iconic value of this vehicle goes far beyond Wikipedia.

It might even sound ironic when I ask you to go back in time and imagine it’s first shipment in 1981. A big truck that pulls up from the factory doors holding six brand new DeLorean DMC-12′s on a trailer still having the white protection stickers on the front and rear bumper and on both of the side panels of the car. Everyone that was physically able back in the time should have actually been there to capture that one moment the first actual Delorean DMC-12′s got revealed, probably not knowing they would have just witnessed the most epic moment in automobile history.

Can we compare the DeLorean DMC-12 to a 1975 Ferrari 308 GTB? No of course not, because the Delorean DMC-12 was obviously the last physical treat the booming industrial enterprise had to offer even though the car was probably already losing its appeal. I mean a car with a 130 horse power engine would be considered slow today, even though the car was meant to have a total of 200hp, but that wasn’t possible to realize because of American import regulations. But with a revolutionary design that maybe looks like Giugiaro’s earlier designed Porsche Tapiro the Delorean DMC-12 is still to be called a one of a kind masterpiece most of all because of John DeLoreans’ inexhaustible devotion to creating something outstanding and revolutionary even though in the end the car was considered slow, ugly and a pain in the ass to drive.

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So in the end it is actually quite funny that the car is associated with time even before the real contents weren’t even out there. So in the end the DeLorean didn’t get it’s recognition for being this legendary high-end vehicle which it was supposed to be and actually was: top of the bill and by far the most passionately created machinery since the rise of the booming oil industry in the late 1970′s early 1980. A missed opportunity for all of us because instead it became the forgotten legend overruled for what I call overlution.

We reached the bar. So John Delorean’s attempt to achieve building the last and true car from all the good left overs we got from the late 70’s oil benefits was brought to shame and it was all for nothing.

Instead of appreciating John’s work of art and car philosophy, money got shipped and doubled to spray fancy coloured paint-jobs on what they call even more impressive cars making that ugly duck to be forgotten even before it got to be that beautiful swan, the Bugatti Veyron of the 1980’s.