Sunday, June 1, 2008

Marty, its the Libyans!

Look. . . a DeLorean DMC-12, as seen on the side of Gassetts Rd in North Springfield, Vt. This heavy, stainless steel wonder of the '80s was the brain child of John DeLorean - who was also the creator of the Pontiac GTO. Unlike the GTO, the DeLorean was not an unqualified success. Which is a surprise, considering that both Colin Chapman, the mastermind behind Lotus and Giorgetto Giugiaro, the pen behind the body designs of the BMW M1, the VW Scirocco, the Lancia Delta and countless other iconic automobiles, made substantial contributions to the effort. Unfortunately, engineering issues, financial troubles and - of course - legal problems torpedoed the effort before it ever got to sea. Still, the gull-wing doors and the brushed stainless steel - just like my fridge - is way cool. The good news is, DeLoreans are being produced again by a company out of Texas that bought all the original surplus parts from Big Lots - which had obtained the materials from the liquidated DeLerean Motor Company back in 1982. So, if you have an extra $60 large a brand-new, twenty-five-year-old car could be yours. Talk about time travel! Here's the URL:

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