CUT THE RIBBON, JOHN DELOREAN
Posted on November 7, 2013 by Editorial Staff
In years where cars are not selling, re editions of old model seems the only option. Minis and 500s, it looks like we are in the sixties. But we are not. We were supposed to drive flying cars (that’s what they told us at school) and here we are, driving the same old models. Off course those cute compact cars have been upgraded, but here at the Harlow we are into new aesthetics and progress and we can’t help but wonder, where is the future? It’s better to look in the past and particularly to this whole Cut The Ribbon who was John Delorean. Born in 1925, he was an engineer known for developing the Pontiac GTO muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Vega, and the famous DeLorean Dmc-12. And here is the ribbon. That futuristic car famous for it’s gull-wing doors with a fiberglass “under-body”, to which non-structural brushed stainless steel panels where affixed, the car that became iconic in the Back to the Future film trilogy. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro the Dmc-12 was a success and three cars were plated in 24-karat gold and sold in minutes. John Delorean was arrested in 1982 for drug trafficking in an attempt to raise funds for his struggling company, which declared bankruptcy that same year. He successfully defended himself against the drug trafficking charges, showing that his alleged involvement was a result of entrapment by federal agents. The story of DeLorean Motors ended with just one model produced but the Dmc-12, and the futuristic vision of its creator, remains intact.
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious shit.” Doc Brown, Back To The Future