The DeLorean was a pretty spectacular failure when it came out, but the Back to the Future movies made it one of the most collectible cars out there.
- Fact 1: The only model manufactured by the DeLorean Motor Company before its collapse in 1982, the infamous DMC-12 faced many hurdles in its short production lifetime.
- Fact 2: Originally designed for a 200 horsepower engine, the heavy stainless-steel paneling of the DCM-12 dragged down the performance of the 150-hp production engine.
- Fact 3: Heavy and sluggish, the DeLorean DMC-12 went from 0 to 60 in just over 10.5 seconds, worse than some entry-level vehicles at the time.
- Fact 4: The failed DeLorean saw little public popularity until 1985, when Back to the Future featured the distinctive car as a time machine.
- Fact 5: In an attempt to save his flagging company, John DeLorean famously became involved in a federal drug-smuggling sting. He was acquitted of charges, but the company closed in 1982.