[DML] Re: DMC -12 Model Name Origin
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[DML] Re: DMC -12 Model Name Origin

I'm pretty sure I heard that at Eurofest Belfast 2001. I'm not 100% 
sure, but I think it must have been either one of the ex-managers or 
ex-employees at DeLorean Motor Cars Ltd. who told me this.

Yes, John Z. DeLorean came up with the DMC-12 and it was suppose to 
cost $12,000. Apparently, the "12" stuck around long after it was 
clear to all that the car would cost a lot more than $12,000. 

The factory in Belfast had to come up with an explanation for the 
name DMC-12 to the public which was hearing about the "DeLorean" and 
the "DMC-12" all the time.

The factory had used the DMC-12 more or less as the internal factory 
code to begin with (as do all car manufacturers when they're 
developing a new model and don't want to reveal the real name)

At the same time they had a new car in the pipeline, code-named the 
DMC-24. The factory continued to use the "DMC-two-digit" model name.

Had the factory continued, I'm sure we would have seen both the DMC-
36 (the SUV) and the DMC-44 (4x4 car).

Regarding the DMC-80. It was to be a bus and not a car, therefore its 
model name cannot be compared to the above. But the bus itself 
represented something new (low floor, easy to get in and out of), 
simply the no.1 Bus of the 80's! So why not the DMC-80.

Speculations perhaps, but just imagine what if the company had 
survived...what cool cars would we be driving today?

Best wishes
Stian Birkeland

VIN # 06759

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Josh Porter" <joshp1986@xxxx> wrote:
> Cool!! Where did you learn that from? Very interesting. That will 
> help in the paper that I have to write about DeLoreans. Thanks
> Josh
> Every paper that I write is about DeLoreans so new information is 
> hard to come by:)
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Stian Birkeland" <delorean@xxxx> 
> wrote:
> > DMC-12
> > Many have heard the old story that the "12" in DMC-12 was 
> to 
> > be the predicted initial sales price of $12,000 - finally started 
> at 
> > $25,000!
> > 
> > But I've also heard that the "12" was DMC's code for 1(st) car, 2
> > (seater/doors).
> > 
> > DMC-24
> > Somehow that makes more sense when we know that DMC's next model 
> was 
> > supposed to be named DMC-24 (based on Giugiaro's Medusa)- yeah, 
> > guessed it - 2(nd) car, 4 (seater/doors)
> > 
> > Best wishes
> > Stian Birkeland
> > Norway
> > 
> > VIN # 06759

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