Production of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car is to recommence after the US federal government approved a low-volume manufacturing bill.
The car will be built by the DeLorean Motor Company, which, despite bearing the same name, is not affiliated with the car’s original manufacturer.
The company was started by US-based British entrepreneur Stephen Wynne in 1995, and has primarily been involved in rebuilding and repairing existing cars. However, now that the new bill has been passed, Wynne’s Houston-based company can build 1982-spec DMC-12s to original specification.
There’s no word as to what will power the car, but Wynne is reportedly investigating using upgraded parts in certain areas. The original used a Renault-sourced, rear-mounted V6.
The cars will be produced using stocks of supplies that Wynne predicts should create 300 cars. The first cars are expected to be finished in 2017, priced at less than $100,000 (about £70,000 at current exchange rates).
Although that’s about double the going rate for a good condition used DeLorean in the UK, it is the only opportunity to buy a ‘new’ version of the car that was made famous in the Back to the Future film trilogy.