Ours is not to question why but only to report. Someone in the OC in SoCal has been keeping two sequential-numbered Delorean coupes under wraps. Since new. One has 1,600 miles and the other an astounding 14 miles. Not a misprint: 14 miles. Some would argue that these Delorean coupes did nothing but drop in value once driven from the dealers, so what did this new car dealer from the OC have to lose?
Both Deloreans are on original MSOs so they have not been registered
Both are on their original factory MSOs so they have not been registered. Ever, according to our pals at Hemmings. Originally belonging to an Orange County Ford dealership owner he swooped in once Delorean began liquidation through Consolidated International. That was in 1983.
Purchased from that wholesale auction, the dealer picked up these two with sequential serial numbers; SCEDT26T3BD000663 and SCEDT26T5BD000664. The …664 car with 14-miles was used as a parts car for one Delorean dealer. We’ll get into what’s missing in a bit. The other was driven a bit by the current owner who is the son of the dealer owner. By the way, dad was not happy that his son put miles on the ticker.
These sat for 40 years
Dad made sure the car was parked for good, and so both Deloreans sat for 40 years. Unfortunately, since neither has been so much as touched in those 40 years a lot of work will be necessary to get them to running condition. Spare parts are included in the sale, which is for both in one auction.
At the time Consolidated was advertising the auction as an opportunity to purchase the remaining new coupes for $13,000 off of MSRP. Such a deal! That equates to about $21,000 in 1983 dollars. Consolidated offered the reminders with a full 50,000-mile service contract.
Consolidated got between 650 and 2,800 unsold Deloreans
When Consolidated bought the Delorean assets in 1982 it got between 650 and 2,800 unsold Deloreans. In 1983 Consolidated sold off brand new coupes to both retail buyers as well as wholesale to dealers. The higher-mile coupe is complete and in pristine condition. Then there is the 14-mile Delorean.
Most of it is accounted for. The engine is an original-type PRV V-6 Peugeot engine but is not original to the car. Missing parts include the driver’s side window and frame, center console, HVAC controls, audio system, door panels, rear seat, and exterior marker lights. The seller also cautions that there could be other bits and pieces missing as well. It should be noted that the overall condition is new, or at least as new but with 40 years added onto it.
Fans of the movie Back to The Future or just fans of the Delorean and its troubled history should be going nuts over these two unique representations of the good that the company represented.