Weird Car Of The Day: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

The brainchild of former General Motors executive John Zachary De Lorean, the DeLorean car garnered attention not only for its larger-than-life creator but also for its stylish coupé body. Constructed with a unique combination of fiberglass inner panels and stainless-steel outer skin, it featured doors that opened in gull-wing fashion reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

The DeLorean remains a standout among automobiles, celebrated for its stainless steel body and distinctive gull-wing doors upon its introduction in the early 1980s. However, it quickly garnered criticism for its lackluster performance, with a sluggish acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds. Persistent issues plagued the vehicle, including problems with the clutch pedal, alternator, and front suspension.

Despite its flaws, the DeLorean attained iconic status through its portrayal as the time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. Interestingly, its appearance in the films occurred after the discontinuation of DeLorean Company production.

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