For a reason that’s intrinsically bound up within the annals of cinematic science fiction, the DeLorean DMC-12 refuses to roll over and die, instead giving itself up to what could very well be the latest and yet most successful incarnation of John DeLorean’s dream: a range of bicycles based on the legendary, ill-fated, stainless steel automobile immortally featured in the Back to the Future trilogy.
The DMC-12 was the only model produced by the DeLorean Motor Company between 1981 and 1982, an innovative and elegant machine even by today’s standards. Aside from its movie star status, in which Dr. Emmett Brown transforms the car into a time machine during Back To The Future 1, the DMC-12 featured a brushed SS304 stainless steel body and gull-wing doors that required only eleven inches of parallel space to open. It was all affixed to a monocoque fiberglass chassis that was based on the Lotus Esprit platform. A suitable candidate for a time machine, then.
The visionary and enigmatic John DeLorean died in March 2005, leaving his dream, the DMC brand and all remaining parts to be bought by a businessman named Stephen Wynne, who now builds the car from the ground up in Houston, Texas, using a combination of new, original and reproduction parts for US$57,500.
There is however, a cheaper, more environmentally sound and therefore cooler version available. Stephen Wynne, obviously a visionary in his own right, realized the potential of the bicycle as the future of urban mobility and created the DeLorean Bicycle Company. So far, there are three models available: The DeLorean Anyday, featured here, the Speed and the Cruise.
All are manufactured using stainless steel, the original material of the DMC-12. The Anyday is running a belt-drive transmission and as far as style and brand cache goes, it’s as to a two-wheeled crossover that a car manufacturer is going to get.
There. Not one single flux capacitor reference. Special thanks to Toby Harrison for the tip-off.