The DeLorean DMC-12 was an incredibly unique, unusual, and frankly, somewhat strange car produced by the DeLorean Motor Company in 1981 and 1982. The DMC-12 was the only model ever produced by the short-lived brand, and it is generally referred to as simply the DeLorean. It is known for it’s low-sitting, rigid, almost rectangular body, and it’s gullwing doors. The DeLorean is also famous for being the time machine in the popular and iconic film Back To The Future starring Michael J. Fox.
While most DeLoreans were coated in brushed stainless steel, which was quite interesting in itself, three DeLoreans were plated in 24 Karat gold. In 1981, American Express launched a promotion in conjunction with DeLorean to sell 24 Karat gold-plated DeLoreans to Gold Card members for $85,000 a piece. The plan was to sell 100 of these special cars, but demand was lower than anticipated and only two were sold.
Roger Mize, president of Snyder National Bank in Snyder, Texas was one of the buyers. He housed his DeLorean for twenty-plus years at the bank before loaning it to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Mize’s DMC-12, VIN# 4301 features an automatic transmission and black interior. The other DeLorean of the two initially sold can currently be found at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. VIN# 4300, it is the one of three gold-plated models built to feature a manual transmission.
There is a third gold-plated DeLorean that was not sold in the initial launch. Baring the final DeLorean VIN# 20105, it was built in 1983 and constructed from parts that had been acquired as replacements for the two that were initially purchased. Interestingly, all parts were available except for one door, which had to be constructed later in an attempt to match the rest of the car. This DeLorean is now privately-owned, and is on sale for $250,000.
Contributed By Fossil Cars Staff Writer