[DML] Sports car or GT - was: Aw Crud!
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[DML] Sports car or GT - was: Aw Crud!



--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "robert parker" <roberthparker@...> wrote:
>
> Alright, my few pennies....  Some insurance companies won't insure 
> the Delorean because it is a "sports car". I asked them how could 
> this be when the DMC has only a little more horsepower than my '72
> Vega GT Wagon?  The response- "Oh, it has a tighter, "sports car" 
> suspension."  Hmmm.  OK, then the Lincoln Town Car with the adjustable 
> "firm-to-luxury-car" suspension switch could be also classified as a 
? "sports car"?

No, an adjustable ride suspension alone does not turn a land yacht
into a sports car. Also, as previously stated, horsepower is not a
defining factor in whether a car is a sports car or not. There were a
lot of British low horsepower sports cars. From Wikipedia:

"A large, powerful engine is not required; many of the early British
sports cars lacked a powerful engine and did not accelerate as quickly
as, say, muscle cars, but were known for having exceptional handling
characteristics due to their combination of light weight, carefully
engineered/balanced chassis and innovative suspension designs. Lotus
is often cited as an example of this approach. On tight, twisting
roads, such a car has higher effective performance than a heavier,
more powerful car with less cornering ability."

Interesting how this excerpt fits the DMC-12 so well even though it's
not specifically about the car.


> Well, I like my DMC GT , no matter how the insurance companies 
> choose to label it.

They label it according to what it is. It's a sports car. Also, as
previously stated, Bill Collins, the car's original engineer confirmed
to me personally that it was considered a sports car by JZD.

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For those of you who wish to take the time to read them. these two
encyclopedia entries seem to make very good arguments for my case the
the DMC-12 is a sports car:

Sports car:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_car

vs.

Grand Tourer:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_tourer


Dan W.
VIN 16192
AZ-D








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