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Hagerty Employee

$248K for a Kia-powered DeLorean? Great Scott!

We'll keep the Back to The Future jokes to a minimum here, but we can't help wondering: Could the modern flux capacitor be ... a Kia six-cylinder? This 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 just crossed the virtual block on Bring a Trailer, and both the restomodded driveline and the eye-watering final sale price prove that, even 35 years after the original flick, this iconic stainless-steel wedge possesses serious magic.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/248k-for-a-kia-powered-delorean-great-scott/
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tcchuck2005
Intermediate Driver

Whoever built it should do another one and see if the price holds.
Revellcraft02
Intermediate Driver

I don’t know if their still planning on making them, but it would be cool if the Texas DeLorean Motor Company did the same setup for their cars.
NoahFence
Intermediate Driver

From Renault to Killed In Action. KIA's are disposable.
CJinSD
Instructor

Unlike Renaults?
NoahFence
Intermediate Driver

I agree. If a Renault came to my shop I'd turn it away, but I never see any. I see Kia/Hyundai and they always bring money for about 100k miles, then  they expire. Buying parts from the  dealer is difficult at best.

V8_ICEman
Intermediate Driver

I'd take a Kia any day over a POS Renault.
drhino
Technician

Hmmm. DeLoreans are great looking, but the execution certainly wasn’t up to snuff. I’m sure this thing has the performance to back up the looks; but I’m not a fan of restomods. At least it has a manual transmission!
SuperDeLuxe
Advanced Driver

Has anybody looked at the cost of labor? Seems modifications of this degree might run into hundreds of hours of custom fab, at something like $125/hr it wouldn't take long to cross the $100k mark - without the donor car, engine, transaxle, etc. I don't think the seller made a fortune here.
SJ
Technician

The car is unique in its own right, guess this conversion is too, beats the Renault for sure.
merlebalke
Advanced Driver

Looks like a real high quality build.
hyperv6
Racer

All that money and work yet it is still a Delorean.

For that money you could really get a great car. For less even greater.
V8_ICEman
Intermediate Driver

Yeah, for $180k you could get a new 2022 911 GT3 *and* a 2022 Corvette C8 for the check that wrote this. I get it. But let's be realistic here: which vehicles will draw more Q&A and admiration from observers in parking lots or at gas stations? The Porsche or Vette or the DM-12? Never mind it is probably one of the best sleepers ever to hit the streets since everyone knows they were dog slow with the Volvo powerplant. I mean 487hp to the rear wheels translates to closer to 600 flywheel horsepower. And these cars are very light even by 1980s standards (~2700lbs). If it could hook up on launch with traction it would probably destroy a Hellcat or Mustang Shelby 500 at the stoplight. That to me would be worth money since everyone knows how fast GT3s and C8s are.
Tinkerah
Engineer

And if it doesn't hook up? I'm OK with that too!
V8_ICEman
Intermediate Driver

Yep. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!
Silvermane
Intermediate Driver

To real car people, it's not about that. It's about buying & appreciating a car that stirs their hearts and/or to relive fond memories & recapture a piece of their past. There's also those who simply appreciate something different.

People who don't understand this aren't true 'car people'. Their views are as shortsighted & immature as the kiddies & greeniacs claiming that the Tesla is superior to all other cars simply because of its 0-60 time.

Figgy308
Intermediate Driver

I too am blown away by the price. Unlike most though I respect the KIA transplant. The Stinger is a good car, great driveline but ugly as a hatful. Swapping a V6 for a V6 probably makes more sense given packaging, CoG etc. but it seems that it would have been more popular if it were a Dino V6 or an LS. Personally I think that it is a well executed car that address the main downfall of the DMC-12, lack of speed.
SilentBoy741
Instructor

It's just that there are so many more beautiful, elegant swaps that could have been done. Nobody ever said, "I really like my Hellcat, but I'd trade it in a second for the grunt of a Stinger".
Nathan
Hagerty Employee

I think that's beside the point here. We found this to be interesting precisely bcuase of the choice to use a Stinger engine. Sure, an LS would have fit back there no issues, but there are plenty of those. I think it's worth respecting unique and interesting engine swaps in the waning days of internal combustion. Smile because it happened, etc.
SilentBoy741
Instructor

Somebody got robbed for about $200k. But I guess if the buyer's happy, it was a good sale.
TonyT
Technician

The ancient saying goes "something is only worth what two fools agree upon."
TonyT
Technician

WHAT!!! No LS engine?? Blasphemy!
V8_ICEman
Intermediate Driver

Less weight for a blown V6 over an N/A V8 for pound/hp performance bang. One has to know where a good application exists for something less than a V8 if for nothing else from a structural and weight balance perspective as the engineers intended. Keep in mind that unlike say a Camaro or Firebird of the era, there were no options between a base V6 and a rev happy HO V8 or torque pulling TPI V8 on the same chassis from the factory.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Oddball engine swap choice but it looks really good in there. The Stinger TTV6 is a good engine and I bet it feels great in a DeLorean.
Turbo4Joe
Intermediate Driver

Very cool Restomod!
Only detail they missed was not angling the boost gauge towards the driver....facing it straight up at the headliner looks goofy.
Huntwt
Pit Crew

I’m curious what the bid history was. Was it floating in the $150-$200k range, then the winner said to heck with it and jumped it up $40k? At what it sold for, I’m guessing there was serious interest in it, so the winner wasn’t the only one willing to dig deep for it. Also of note on Bring a Trailer was this. “The car is titled in Michigan and is located in California. It cannot pass a California emissions test and therefore cannot be sold to a California private-party buyer.” After all these years, the DeLorean still turns heads.
NHO
Intermediate Driver

As P. T. Barnum said, "There is a sucker born every minute."
SFGene
Pit Crew

I have a Delorean and a Tesla Model 3 so this triggers a thought - wouldn't it be most awesome powering up the Delorean with the Tesla 3 power. No more belittling the Delorean for lack of torque.
DeLoreanTech
New Driver

One thing we liked most about the car when we went for a test ride was how much it pulls from a roll. Pretty insane. Here's what we mean: https://youtu.be/q6Og_BdgSqY
Nathan
Hagerty Employee

@DeLoreanTech, are you responsible for this build? If so, please reach out to me at npetroelje@hagerty.com. Would love to chat about this build!