Back when a 56 year-old entrepreneur named John Z. Delorean first introduced drivers to his avian-emulating automotive creation, the world was a different place. The year was 1981 and Coke was it. In the absence of YouTube and reality television, primitive audiences were thrilled by MTV and the sounds of Joey Scarbury singing the theme to the Greatest American Hero. The 1985 time travel masterpiece Back to the Future was a mere twinkle in the mind of a young Robert Zemeckis.
Though the Delorean had yet to achieve its legendary status (thanks to
its cinematic association with the Flux Capacitor), the gull-winged
stainless steel car was making waves in the automotive world. A small
army of the vehicles was steadily making its way from a factory on the
misty shores of Ireland, not far from where the Titanic was built, to the sunny California coast.
“All the Deloreans came into the country and went through fine tuning
and quality assurance, making sure everything lined up. I think they
even did smog testing.”