The DeLorean paradox: how it failed and became Scandal: The Fast Lane (John 1 day ago   17:40

The DeLorean was supposed to be the car of the future. Then they stopped making it.

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In this episode of Vox Almanac, producer Phil Edwards explores the past and present of the DeLorean Motor Company, which made the infamous DMC-12. Though many today know the car through the movie Back to the Future, DeLorean has its own incredible story to tell (and one that’s almost harder to believe than a story about time travel).

John Z. DeLorean is at its center as the founder and namesake of the company. His path through the upper echelon of General Motors seemed to have set him on course for that company’s Presidency — but he dreamed of starting his own company. The result was the DeLorean Motor Company, which was established in America and eventually planted a factory in Dunmurry, Ireland, near Belfast and during the sectarian civil war known as “the Troubles.”

For this video, we interviewed Barrie Wills about his experience working at the company — but we also talked to DeLorean owners about the ways the car has endured, thanks to the movie Back to the Future, and, more importantly, their own ingenuity and creativity. A DeLorean community has kept the car going and, despite the fact that production ended in the early '80s, the car continues to inspire new fans even today. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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Phil Edwards
Hey - thanks for watching this video. Oh, and because I didn't mention it in the video — this car was surprisingly comfortable.
I made an extra video reviewing Delorean books. If you want to check it out, go join at
Terry Watkins
88 mph not 88 miles
Terry Watkins
A few years back a BLACK delorean passed me on the highway in Texas headed to casino in Shreveport. Was kinda cool seeing a black one. I assume was painted unless they actually made some
Marty McFly
Matthew Kim
John Delorean reminds me of Elon Musk....
Strictly Original Materials
The design is just awesome! Giugiaro is so talented.
Summer Of Sam Summer Of Sam
I'm seeing Deloreans for sale these days on various sites (Clist, eBay, etc...) and are listed at $30-$60,000. I can understand the amount of love and care taken into keeping these awesome cars pristine, but I'd be curious to know what people are really paying. Does a diehard Delorean collector really drop $50,000 on a 30+ year old car?
Reaber Saadi
So this is where all the climate change began...
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Banana Spliter
i never knew back to the future could help a company
David Hill
If BTTF had come out while the Delorean was still in production it might of saved the company I think
delorean failed because john was livin it up 80's style...if you know what i mean...
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Bruno Natividad
Someone should put a 2jz lol
Just John
I'm 16 and I'm striving to buy 1

a car is a car doesn't matter if it failed
Rajas A
When the outside is made of Stainless Steel it's definitely more heavier than a Porsche.
Rajas A
A car that spoke to us about the future, became the car of nostalgia, Ironic.
Palvinder Mahal
Can anyone tell the name of the first music track?
Andrew Sahurie
How can I purchase one cheap
i didn't know delorean's were real cars, i thought it was a fictional brand made up for b2tf to avoid copyright
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Scandal: The Fast Lane (John The DeLorean paradox: how it failed and became 1 day ago   55:35

Un-aired British television documentary about the DeLorean Motor Company, John Z. DeLorean, Roy Nesseth, DMC-12.

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