1981 DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean DMC-12 (1981)
for sale

Price: US $20,100.00


1981 DeLorean DMC-12. Painted Blue with Grey Leather Interior. 5-Speed Manual.
Dealer painted in 1982 by Tate Cadillac in Pomona, CA.
Originally red, it was repainted a beautiful metallic blue a few years ago. Approximately 25, 350 miles (mileage might increase slightly). This car was with its original owner until 2014. The car spent about 20 years in California and about 12 years in Arizona. I am the third owner. I bought the car in 2015 from a physician that owned it for one year. The included service records go back to 1982, when the car wore CA plates A RED DL. The selling dealer, Tate Cadillac was known for painting these cars (red, white, black) when the stainless finish cars were selling slowly.
The painted DeLoreans have a bit of a stigma because some cars were painted at some point to hide accident damage. That is certainly not the case with this car, it is well documented and has no accident history. I am happy to deliver the car to the body shop of a potential buyer's choice for a paint thickness test. Personally I don't understand why someone would use bondo and paint on a damaged DeLorean when stainless steel body panels are readily available and easily replaced.
The car appears very original (other than the paint). The glass appears to be all original. The seats had sheep skin covers when I bought the car and have just a little bolster wear. The tires are like new and are probably just a few years old, and the wheels appear recently refinished. I believe the radio is original (with the LCD display on the cassette door). Original engine and transmission. The exhaust does look like it was upgraded at one point (please see photo).
When I purchased the car I drove it nearly 1, 000 miles home without an issue. The car did develop a hot start issue (typical for a DeLorean) that my mechanic was able to resolve. I have about $5, 000 in service receipts since I bought the car, mostly with service intended to make the car more driveable and reliable. The car's Bosch K-Jet systems is very sensitive to fuel pressure, but when the fuel supply and accumulator are functioning properly it is a very reliable car. Included with the car is a rescue manual that will help troubleshoot common issues to help avoid a tow. The car also includes its original window sticker, tons of service records and DeLorean memorabilia collected over the years.
The car does have some small cosmetic issues. The black portion of the rear bumper could be repainted (see photos). The instrument binnacle has a crack on the top (see photo). The floor mats aren't original and the driver's side carpet is dirty. The shifter boot is worn. There is a slow leak in the front left tire, it requires air every few weeks.
In response to a couple questions about the frame, the frame is clean and indicative of a car that spent most of its life garaged in California. I have added a couple photos to the listing. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to put the car on a lift, but buyers are welcome to have their own inspections performed if it is a concern.
Clean Autocheck and clean PA title in hand!
Please see 100+ High Resolution Photos of the car here:
The Delorean is located in Malvern, PA 19355. Inspections are welcome. I am happy to work with foreign buyers with extended pickup timelines, just send me a note.
Please email with any questions!

update: 2018-05-23


Condition:Seller Notes:
“Well maintained painted example. With original California/Arizona owner until 2014! Recent service. Service receipts dating back to 1982. Clean Carfax with no accident history.”
Year: 1981VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): SCEDT26T3BD006396
Mileage: 25,350Transmission: Manual
Make: DeLoreanBody Type: Coupe
Model: DMC-12Vehicle Title: Clear
Options: Cassette Player, Leather SeatsExterior Color: Blue
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Power WindowsInterior Color: Gray
Fuel Type: GasolineNumber of Cylinders: 6

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