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1983 DeLorean DMC 12

Sale price: $US $28,400.00 make an offer
Last update: 03.11.2016

Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

Manufacturer: DeLorean
Model: DMC 12
Year: 1983
Type: Coupe
Color: stainless steel
Mileage: 2,975
Engine: 2.9L 2850CC 174Cu. In. V6 GAS SOHC Naturally Aspirated
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: Base Coupe 2-Door
Interior Color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1983 DeLorean DMC 12 for sale

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1983 Delorean
One Owner
2. 75 MilesNon-Smoker
Gray Interior
5-speed Manual Transmission
Flat Hood
Power Antenna
Single Piece Armrest Extensions
Light Silver Wheels
ASI Stereo / Cassette Player
Light Silver Wheels
Original Interior / Seat Leather

The Story:

Very nice original car that has traveled less than 3. 00 miles from new.   Car was purchased new in 1983 from the Consolidated International Auction in Columbus Ohio.
This car remained with this owner until his death earlier this year.   According to the family.   The car was always garaged and maintained with regular oil changes and filters
and was exercised on a frequent basis up and down the access road to his home and occasionally into town.   The owner would not allow anyone else to drive the car.
The surviving siblings tell me they never got to drive the car. I purchased the car Mid September this year with the intent on reselling it after going over the car and doing any needed repairs.

The Car:

1983 Model (August 1982 Build). 1983 cars are often considered the best cars.   They are built in 1982 by the remaining management staff in the DMC factory after layoffs of the factory
workforce.   By this time. all factory issued " recalls" had been implemented into production.   The Fit and Finish of these cars are the best of the production run.   You can see in the photos. especially the
overhead photo. that the body lines are very true and even.   The Doors close very precise without any bumping or rubbing of the door guides. I have not found a single dent or ding on the car. The hood does not have the "X" that is so common on many cars.   1983 cars also benefit from the epoxy coated frame also being undercoated.   This is why 1983 cars have black frames.   The frame is rust free and damage free. as should a car with such low miles. The front fascia is straight without the "eyebrows" so common with these cars. The Rear fascia needs fresh paint. Still looks good but it is starting to lift/bubble in a few spots.   I was going to repaint this but decided to leave that up to the new owner. Some like glossy paint. some like satin.   The interior is as NEW as a Delorean can be other than maybe a complete NOS interior.   The Dash. Binnacle. knee pads. side panels. console are free from any cracks. splits. blemishes.   The carpets / mats are as clean as a brand new car.   The headliners are not original and were replaced before my ownership.   They looks great and will last many years to come. The one thing on the interior that really shows the condition of this car is the leather seats. Probably the best original seat covers I have seen.   Not even the common rub spot on the driver side bolster.   The armrest extensions also are as new and show now signs of rubbing.

I have road tested the car extensively. Everything works. All of the dash lights. interior lights. exterior lights. engine bay light. and luggage compartment light works.   All power accessories (windows. locks. mirrors. antenna. wipers. washer. horn. defrost) work as they should.   The AC works great and is still R-12.   The Clutch is smooth and engages correctly with no leaks from the master or slave cylinder.   Cooling system fans work as designed. The engine is unmodified with original water pump. alternator.   The Bosch K-Jetronic Metering adjustment plug has not been drilled out.   I have checked the system and all pressures are within spec. frequency valve within spec. emissions ok.   The car starts. idles. runs as it should. The stereo works as it should. The speakers on the other hand. are very tired. typical of 35 year old paper speakers. but they still work.   LAMBDA counter is at 9% which is in line with the odometer mileage (2975/30000=0. 099).   <---- Delorean geek moment

ORIGINAL Goodyear NCT tires ! Due to the car being exercised often and not just sitting for years. they are surprisingly smooth. That being said. I don't think I would drive this car very far or fast on 35 yr old tires.   Bring a trailer or send some new tires via TireRack. com to a local installer and I'll go have them installed. The car drives very well. Tracks straight and doesn't pull one way or the other.   The steering is tight and smooth.   Wheels are in excellent condition and with original tires. don't have any tire change damage or wheel weights on the outside to damage the finish.

The electrical compartment is as the factory made it with a few exceptions.   The Fan-Fail module has been bypassed and Fuse #7 has been bypassed with a inline fuse for safety and reliability.   Fuse #7 still
remains in place and appears stock. just a spare fuse if you need it.

What I Did:

New Fuel Pump ( Original one was noisy and pulling a little too many amps)
New Belts (Originals were noisy and split. just a matter of time before letting go)
New Bulbs ( replaced a few marker lights and a turn signal bulb )
New Mode Switch Diaphragm ( Was leaking and wouldn't control the vents properly)
New Ignition Advance Solenoid ( Was sticking in the advance position causing bad engine idle)
New Thermostat
New Oil. Filter. Coolant

What You Get:

1983 Delorean Car in Very Original condition. less than 3. 00 Miles
Original Spare Tire ( Never mounted or used. still has writing on tread )
Original Jack. Handle. Lug Wrench in Original Pouch
Original Tool Kit with Tools
Original owners Manual and Binder with Misc pamphlets. warranty documents. etc.
TWO DMC Keys (one has been used. other looks like new )
Stainless Steel Car Care Kit


A fantastic example of what an original Delorean should look like.   Great Fit and Finish. Dent/Ding Free Body. Interior of amazing quality.   With some cleaning and detailing. the car could be a Concours
competitor.   If that's not what you are interested in. then its a great car to start with and make a daily driver or occasional show car.

Feel free to ask questions. come look at the car. drive the car.
Located in Harrodsburg Kentucky.
Pickup or arrange your own shipping Payment accepted via Wire Transfer or if you bank with CHASE. we can meet at my bank and transfer funds there.  
I will work with a shipper that YOU arrange for pickup if that is what you want to do.  
Title is in hand and ready to hand over.
VERY FAIR RESERVEGood luck and happy Bidding !


On Nov-03-16 at 13:14:18 PDT. seller added the following information:

Lots of photos. Random Order. Enjoy !!!!!

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