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/
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.