1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Coupe Vehicle Profile

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 photograph

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 photograph

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 photograph

1981 DeLorean DMC-121981 DeLorean DMC-121981 DeLorean DMC-12
Coupe
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
In the long and colorful pantheon of automotive moguls, John DeLorean stands out; first at GM and later at the eponymous DeLorean Motor Company. Trained as an engineer, he quickly moved from Chrysler to Packard to GM where he is credited as the force behind the Pontiac Firebird, Grand Prix, and iconic GTO. By age 40 he was GM's youngest division head and was soon running the prestigious Chevrolet Division.

To the chagrin of buttoned-down GM brass, he was also cutting quite the dashing pop culture figure. In an age when executives were low-key, sober-minded company men, DeLorean's long sideburns, unbuttoned shirts, and shameless jet-setting lifestyle did not go unnoticed. Never willing to fit GM's traditional mold for someone of his stature, and tired of battling senior management, the iconoclastic DeLorean left the GM fast track to form the DeLorean Motor Company in 1973.

In 1981 the first of roughly 8,500 stylish DMC-12 two-seaters rolled out the Northern Ireland factory replete with gull-wing doors and unpainted, brushed stainless steel body panels. The unconventional design captivated the motoring public. Powered by a Peugeot-Renault-Volvo 2.9L V6 with 130 horsepower it could do 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds and topped out at 135 MPH; respectable numbers for that era.

Of course, the DMC-12 is justly famous for its role as a time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. This example has been outfitted with a 'flux capacitor' in tribute and its license plate is a movie reference.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 15
2018 16
2017 14
2016 10
2015 8
2014 14
2013 9
2012 9
2011 8
2010 19

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $36,850
  2019 Mecum : Chicago
 
1981 De Lorean DMC12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T0BD006064
Sold for $30,938
  2019 H & H Classics - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $22,000
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $23,100
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1981 De Lorean DMC12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T0BD006064
Sold for $33,738
  2019 H & H - Pavilion Gardens Buxton
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T0BD003536
Sold for $30,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T9BD002188
Sold for $23,100
  2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1981 DeLorean DMC12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T9BD004328
Sold for $28,000
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T8BD003767
Sold for $41,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC
Sold for $24,500
  2019 Leake - OKC 2019
 
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T2BD002873
Sold for $39,600
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $33,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Sold for $40,700
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1981 Delorean Dmc-12
Sold for $15,400
  2018 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (Auto)
Chassis#: SCEDT26T1CD010027
Sold for $54,004
  2018 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1981 DeLorean DMC12 Coupé
Chassis#: SCEDT26T6BD005730
Sold for $44,894
  2018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T2BD-002873
Sold for $30,250
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Auburn Auction
 
1981 DeLorean DMC-12
Chassis#: SCEDT26T5BD005444
Sold for $19,250
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1981 DeLorean DMC-12's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2019 Mecum : Chicago$31,500$35,000$50,000
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12SCEDT2ETICD0102232019 Coys Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House $36,000$42,000
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26TXBD0008402018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Gullwing Coupe 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2018 Leake Tulsa$20,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2018 McCormick's Auction # 64$31,500  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2017 Mecum : Dallas$25,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2017 Mecum : Dallas$27,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$33,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 2017 Leake Auction Dallas$31,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC 12 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $35,000$45,000
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12SCEDT26T7BD0031592017 GPK Auctions Atlantic City$34,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$30,000  
1981 DELOREAN DMC-12SCEDT26T0BD0020322015 Mecum Anaheim$30,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26TXBD0015212015 Motostalgia Auction Austin Grandprix 2015 $45,000$55,000
1981 DeLorean DMC-12SCEDT26T4BD0064242015 Historics at Brookland   
1981 Delorean DMC-12SCEDT26T0BD0020322014 Mecum : Anaheim$26,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2014 Auctions America : California$28,500  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2014 Mecum : Harrisburg   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2013 Mecum Kansas City$32,000  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 2013 Auctions America Fall Carlisle$20,000  
1981 Delorean 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$10,000  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Coupe 2011 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction $36,000$44,000
1981 Delorean DMC-12 Gullwing Two Door Coupe 2011 Leake Auction Dallas, Texas$20,250  
1981 Delorean DMC-12 GullwingSCEDT26T7BD0047332011 BarrettJackson Orange County   
1981 Delorean DMC-12 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$20,000  
1981 Delorean 2011 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$45,000  
1981 Delorean DMC12 Gullwing 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction   
1981 Delorean 2-Door 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction$24,000  

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