Barn­find to the fu­ture

Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

Two Wis­con­sin De Lorean en­thu­si­asts, a fa­ther and son, owned two of th­ese North­ern Ire­land-built, stain­less-steel-bod­ied coupés. One day they called in at a lo­cal re­pair shop that they knew had orig­i­nally sold new De Lore­ans in the hope that it might still have some spare parts stashed away. Sadly, there weren’t any, but there were a few brochures and pho­tographs, and when they asked the me­chanic if he had ever heard of any cars for sale, he re­mem­bered that a decade ear­lier a man had asked if the shop wanted to buy his DMC-12.

They fol­lowed up the lead and, amaz­ingly, the owner still had the car. They were shown into a typ­i­cally large Amer­i­can barn, which was al­most empty ex­cept for the 1981 De Lorean cov­ered in 32 years’ worth of dust. It had been put away in the barn in 1986 and it hadn’t been opened since. Need­less to say, they bought it!

A chance visit led to the un­earthing of a rare DMC-12 after 32 years in stor­age in a barn

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