The DeLorean paradox: how it failed and became a legend

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  • Published on:  Friday, February 1, 2019
  • 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
    Phil Edwards  8 months ago +948

    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

  • Bacha Khan
    Bacha Khan  14 days ago

    Anyone here After Watching Driven Movie?

  • FilK79
    FilK79  21 days ago

    Anyone sees the car behind Giurgiaro on the wall, guess what car is it? 2:14 It´s a YUGO!!!

  • 24ecko
    24ecko  a months ago


  • Nelson Swanberg
    Nelson Swanberg  a months ago

    On a clear day you can see General Motors.

  • BoiDv
    BoiDv  a months ago

    This is amazing ! Please some big automaker needs to buy the company and remake a retro version like the mini and make history again!

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  • Leonel Diaz
    Leonel Diaz  a months ago

    Has anyone trying to make a hovering delorean like the one from back to the future part 3

  • cthulhu mons
    cthulhu mons  a months ago

    I live down the street where they refurbish them

  • 21'st Century Digital Boy

    Become a threat to Detroits big 5, get extorted, framed, set up, or killed. No different than oil companies suppressing tech that will make gas obsolete.

  • Juan Pablo Rojas W.
    Juan Pablo Rojas W.  a months ago

    Any DeLorean running with plutonium?

  • Wolfsschanze Music
    Wolfsschanze Music  2 months ago +1

    I should get my girlfriend one of these cars, because she loves to bring up the past.

  • David Hill
    David Hill  2 months ago

    Some people call it low powered badly made junk , that might be true but most cars built around the same time (especially in the USA ) were also junk and low powered

  • Salim Sivaad
    Salim Sivaad  2 months ago

    The reason the DeLorean was used in the movie was the poor reputation of the car as opposed to its futuristic look. That a DeLorean could be turned into a time machine was a joke that people in the 80's instantly got that might not be as obvious to people born after the 80's...


    My sister bought a Delorean knock off with regular doors. It was by Chrysler. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I know the engine wasn't made by the same company as the brand on the outside.

  • Dustin
    Dustin  2 months ago

    Anyone else skip his song?

  • Olivia Reyes
    Olivia Reyes  2 months ago

    Barrie was at this year's delorean meet

    HELLRAISERFLAME :  2 months ago

    Only reason they failed cocaine trafficking

  • SiewHei Lou
    SiewHei Lou  2 months ago

    Do they actually drive their DeLoreans to work, on road trips?

  • Jamie Flanagan
    Jamie Flanagan  2 months ago

    Was built in Northern Ireland. Peuto Rico and Ireland (Eire) didn't get the deal to build it.