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    DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    Source: http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs..../60524034/1075

    DeLorean Motor Company alive and well in Bonita Springs
    By Mark S. Krzos
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    Originally posted on May 24, 2006



    A piece of automotive history — long thought to be extinct — is alive and thriving in Bonita Springs.

    The DeLorean Motor Company.

    Yes. The same DeLorean Motor Company, which pioneered automotive innovations such as four-wheel disc brakes, low tire pressure monitoring systems and dual airbags. The same DeLorean Motor Company whose car became the time traveling machine in “Back to the Future.”

    While the company fizzled in the early 1980s after churning out fewer than 10,000 of its gull-winged stainless steel car, fans of the car and its creator, John DeLorean, have resurrected the company from bankruptcy.

    One of those people is Naples resident Tony Ierardi.

    “I was 11 years-old when the car debuted,” said Ierardi. “They came out at a time when I was captivated by the Lamborghini Countach and the Ferrari 308. Then this car came out and it just sparked something in me.”

    Years later Ierardi would come across a DeLorean at a used car lot. “I was 21 and found out that it wasn’t that expensive to own. I’ve had it ever since.”

    That was just how Ierardi became an owner — not how he became only one of three DeLorean remanufacturers in the world.

    At the height of DeLorean’s popularity, there were 400 dealerships throughout the world and approximately 8,500 cars were sold shortly after its debut in 1981.

    Financial problems and the arrest of its creator John DeLorean on cocaine smuggling charges doomed the company.

    “He was set up and he was as good as done,” said Ierardi, adding that DeLorean was filmed appearing to accept money to take part in drug trafficking to raise money for his failing car company. “He was acquitted (on the basis of entrapment).”

    But by that time, DeLorean and his company were doomed.

    By the mid-1990s, there were approximately 8,000 of the cars left. Some remained inside the garages of collectors, others were trotted out for special car shows. Only four independent car shops survived to service the cars.

    Then Stephen Wynne of Texas decided that if he could put together enough money, he could get the company off the ground, explained Ierardi.

    After gaining John DeLorean’s approval (DeLorean died in March of 2005), Wynne acquired the original company’s name and logo (the trademark registration had lapsed) and now owns the remaining original factory parts.

    Around the same time, Ierardi bought the last DeLorean to be sold by a DeLorean dealer. Nearly a decade later, Ierardi won the 2003 DeLorean National — a DeLorean car show that displays rare and mint condition DeLoreans.

    “After winning I made a remark to Wynne that he should open one in Florida,” he said.

    Two years later, Ierardi was opening the only DeLorean parts, sales, service and restoration company in the southeast — right on Bonita Beach Road, sandwiched between U.S. 41 and Old U.S. 41.

    “We can build one from the ground up for $42,500,” he said.

    Used DeLorean’s, depending on condition, range from $15,000 to $35,000.

    “The DeLorean is a very nice GT car,” he said. “It’s not very fast, but now we can make it fast.”

    So far, business at the Bonita Beach location has been brisk.

    “We’ve been open for 18 months and we have a two month waiting list,” Ierardi said. “There’s about 1,800 DeLorean’s between here and North Carolina.”

    DeLorean Motor Company (Florida) is located at 9786 Bonita Beach Road. Call 495-8550 or go to http://www.delorean.com for more information.



    Tony Ierardi, president of DeLorean Motor Company (Florida), provides parts, service and restoration for DeLorean owners in the Southeast.

    FAST FACTS & MORE
    • John DeLorean was a vice president for General Motors who designed the Pontiac GTO in the 1960s
    • He was considered a rebellious visionary and quit GM in 1974 to start the DeLorean Motor Company in 1974.
    • He completed the first prototype in 1976 and it included airbags and four-wheel disc brakes.
    • The car debuted in 1981 and closed down operations in 1983.
    • 8,500 cars were sold from approximately 400 dealerships.
    • Johnny Carson was a major DeLorean investor and was behind the wheel of one when he was arrested for drunk driving in 1982.

    Tony Ierardi, the owner of DeLorean Motor Company (Florida) will open Precision Aerospace within the next few months.

    The company will repair and supply parts for commercial, military and civilian aircrafts.

    “We’re going to be a test station and sell and rebuild parts. We’re going to employ between six and eight people. We should be open in July. Our sign went up Tuesday.”
    "La vita è come un albero di Natale..c'è sempre qualcuno che ti rompe le palle!"

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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    And from AutoBlog:

    Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2006/05/25/b/



    A solid argument could be made for retrofuturism as one of automotive design's defining themes over the past few years... witness offerings like the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Volkswagen New Beetle, MINI Cooper, and more recently, the Chevrolet HHR and Toyota FJ. So could there be a better time to go Back To The Future? That's the question a cadre of Bonita Springs, Florida DeLorean enthusiasts are asking, and apparently they have their answer: a two month wait list.

    Eighteen months ago, Naples resident Tony Ierardi opened up a DeLorean remanufacturing operation with the help of Texan Stephen Wynne, who had purchased the rights to the DeLorean name and logo, along with the factory's leftover parts.

    The company is now capable of building a "new" be-winged coupes for $42,500-and of course, they're happy to remedy the factory-correct DeLorean's rather sluggish performance for a few dollars more. Ierardi and company are doing so well at the moment that they've already got a wait of upwards of 60 days for their versions of John Z's stainless-steel wonder.

    [Sources: News-Press; delorean-dmc12.co.uk]
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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    I would love to have a "new" DeLorena but no way would I want to pay $42,400 for. Even a used original is too expensive for me right now. I've always loved the though, mainly due to my love for "Bakc to the Future".
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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    I'm a huge Back to the Future fan. I love the stainless steel body, but the different color of the rubber in the nose doesn't really endear itself to me.

    No way would I ever want to buy one though - they are pretty underpowered from what I have heard, and in spite of the "new" DeLorean Motor Company being around, parts and service are probably still extremely difficult to come by.
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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    Pioneered 4 wheel disc brakes? Corvettes had them as standard in 1963, and Saabs had them as standard by 1969!



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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    That is awesome, who would have thought 2 decades later u could get a new DeLorean if u wanted, haha. gotta love it, Crazy that there is a 2 month waiting list though
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    That's aweome! I've always loved the DMC-12 for its uniqueness. If I had the money, I'd have them recondition a factory original DeLorean for shows and also have them build me a brand new one with their upgrades for my daily driver
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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    i read about this a couple of years ago. the DMC-12 definitely has its fans. i'm not too sure that i'd pay that kind of money for one if i had it, but it would be pretty neat to own one if you could pick it up for a bargain price. i always thought it would have been a much better car had it been made of steel or fiberglass. that stainless is just way too heavy and it's a main contributor to the DMC-12 being such a pig.

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    88mph!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its like the 60's all over again, just without the hippies!

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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    Quote Originally Posted by Smaart Aas Saabr
    Pioneered 4 wheel disc brakes? Corvettes had them as standard in 1963, and Saabs had them as standard by 1969!
    They had all discs on the Z-28 too.

    Also, GM "pioneered" air bags on cars. You could buy them as an option on '74 full size models!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smaart Aas Saabr
    Pioneered 4 wheel disc brakes? Corvettes had them as standard in 1963, and Saabs had them as standard by 1969!
    Actually, Corvette got 4-wheel disc brakes in '65


    I saw a snippit on one of these remanufacturers on the history channel last night. Interesting concept. About $40k for a "new" Delorean.

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    The Autoblog article mentions making the car faster -- I wonder what engine they'll throw in it. What are the specs on the original engine again? Do they even still make the original engine? Wasn't it carbuerated?
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    Best part, you can wash it with steel wool!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: DeLorean Motor Company alive and well

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma
    The Autoblog article mentions making the car faster -- I wonder what engine they'll throw in it. What are the specs on the original engine again? Do they even still make the original engine? Wasn't it carbuerated?
    I've been checking out their site since I first replied to this thread and the improved engine has 197 hp. They do mods to a "zero-mile" DeLorean crate engine. Here's the specs:

    Stock engine

    Type: Light-alloy 90deg V6 with two overhead camshafts
    Displacement: 2.85 Liters
    Bore & Stroke: 91x73mm
    Block type: Light alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners
    Cylinder heads: Light alloy cross flow with hemi-chambers
    Cooling system: Water/Ethylene Glycol
    Fuel System: Bosch K-Jetronic C.I.S. Fuel Injection
    Ignition System: Bosch Electronic Breakerless
    Emission Control: Lambda Sond/catalytic. Unleaded fuel
    Max Horse power: 130 @ 5500 rpm
    Max Torque: 153 ft LB @ 2750 rpm

    Performance "DMC Stage II" engine

    Type: Light-alloy 90deg V6 with two overhead custom profile camshafts
    Displacement: 2.85 Liters
    Bore & Stroke: 91x73mm
    Block type: Light alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners
    Cylinder heads: Light alloy cross flow with hemi-chambers, ported and polished
    Cooling system: Water/Ethylene Glycol
    Fuel System: Bosch K-Jetronic C.I.S. Fuel Injection
    Ignition System: Bosch Electronic Breakerless, upgraded with Nology Hotwires, Powercore and Silverstone spark plugs
    Emission Control: Lambda Sond/catalytic. Unleaded fuel, freeflow exhaust, dual catalytic converter
    Max Horsepower: 197 @ 5750 rpm
    Max Torque: 193 ft LB @ 4000 rpm

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    i have never heard of it before, but i like it

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